PORT Health continues to strive to meet the needs of our patients through this difficult time. Even though COVID is still a threat, we are now giving our patients the option to have their appointments face to face with their provider. The option for remote appointments remains, however, if you prefer to be seen in the office, you are welcome to come in. Please note that you will be required to wear a face-covering that covers the mouth and nose, maintain social distancing and your temperature will be taken as you enter. Please call ahead of your appointment and let us know which option you choose. Emergency walk-in patients will also be seen face to face if so desired.
The United States has seen a 137 percent increase nationwide in drug overdose deaths in last 17 years. Our country is now facing an epidemic and drugs don’t single out any individual. Overdose deaths affect men and women, all races, all ages, and from all economic backgrounds.
North Carolina is one of 19 states that saw a significant increase in overdose deaths in 2015 with 1,567. That’s a 14.5% increase from the year before, according to the CDC. In 2015, North Carolina saw one overdose death a day from heroin. That is a 46.4% increase from the year before. Take a look at some of the increases in counties in the east over a 10-year period.
On July 20, 2017, Greenville Fire/Rescue reported that they responded to seven 911 calls to assist someone who had overdosed on narcotics. Each patient was taken to the hospital except for one, who was found dead upon arrival. Pitt County isn’t the only county with numbers like this.
Chocowinity EMS Captain Shane Grier explained the depth of the situation in Beaufort County. He says people are now lining drugs, like heroin, with carfentanil, making the drug even more dangerous. “The problem is a lot of this stuff is cut in peoples kitchen and each hit is a different amount,” Grier said.
As of January 1, Chocowinity EMS has responded to 78 overdoses. Grier says they receive overdose calls at least twice a week. Here are some eye-opening facts about what’s happening in Beaufort County:
PORT Health offers Medication Assisted Therapy to specifically treat people struggling with addiction to opiate based substances. The overall purpose behind using an opioid substitution drug is its capacity to assist the patient in gaining stability. This treatment provides the opportunity for the substance user to experience a reduced level of withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings while not producing the euphoric effects often experienced with illicit drug use.
With more than 20 locations across Eastern North Carolina, we are here to help. PORT also offers facility-based crisis centers and two halfway houses. Our qualified medical and clinical professionals are here to help individuals stabilize and recover in a safe and insulted environment. Help is closer than you think, find your nearest PORT Health location, today.