A survey of treatment seekers at four different methadone clinics in North Carolina showed that while this community is well-informed about the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, many still don’t know how to use the kits or find them too cumbersome to carry.
More than one in five North Carolina children experience poverty, which can lead to a higher likelihood of incarceration and exposure to violence later in life. Children who grow up without enough food or shelter are also less likely to be employed and less likely to have health insurance. All of which are reasons to consider poverty an adverse childhood experience.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents to the original ACEs study reported experiencing at least one adverse experience, such as physical, sexual or emotional abuse, adult incarceration, mental illness, substance abuse or violence in the household. In North Carolina, that number is 57.6 percent, according to data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Can the cost of health care be bad for you? In the January/February issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal, Drs. Caroline Sloan and S. Yousuf Zafar at Duke University examine the “financial toxicity” of cancer care in an article titled, “Ask Early and Ask Often: How Discussing Costs Could Save Your Patient’s Life.”
The population of North Carolina citizens aged 65 and older is growing fast, and that means a heftier price tag for health care in the near future. Medicaid’s bill for North Carolinians 65 and older could almost triple to $6 billion in 2037.