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WAR ON DRUG LOST: Onslow County Opioid epidemic spirals out of control

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50-59-year-olds are the biggest opioid users-7 times more likely to be addicted than people in their early 20s.

St. Louis, Baltimore, and Detroit have couple things in common; one being that the three cities top the charts in murder rate for the country, and the other being that they all have a lower rate of opioid abuse than Jacksonville, NC. Opioids, a term physically used to distinguish prescription drugs from the older term “opiates”, a group of drugs originally derived from opium poppies, includes numerous synthetic and partly synthetic drugs such as fentanyl, oxycodone, Vicodin, codeine, morphine, heroin, and many others. The drugs interact with receptors in the brain and reduce pain and provide euphoria, but the drugs are wickedly addictive, sometimes resulting in measurable signs of dependence after only three days.

Opioid abuse often starts innocently with nothing more than a trip to the doctor. Neck pain, back pain, or even dental surgery can result in an opioid prescription strong enough, and long enough, to brood addiction. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services maintains an online database that doctors can use to identify problem patients: those filling prescriptions at multiple doctor offices. These patients often called “doctor shoppers”, are getting excess prescriptions to abuse themselves or sell on the street. Shockingly, and despite doctors putting more than 11 million pills in Onslow County streets in 2015 and 2016, use of this database remains low and is totally voluntary. By the time a doctor catches on to a patient’s abuse, the user is hooked and has only one way to turn-heroin.

Regular readers can see the increase drug busts and related crimes and it’s not hard to not a bit of an uptick in activity. Sheriff Hans Miller has recently reported a 69% increase in drug investigations stretched from 2014 through the present, claiming that as an indicator of his successful term. But has the increase in investigations kept pace with the rapidly expanding epidemic, or is the Sheriff’s cart in front of his horse?

A 2016 study (based on 2015 data) placed Jacksonville, NC at a number (12) in the nation for opioid abuse and there’s a little sign of improvement since. The numbers from the state back that up. According to NC Department of Health and Human Services, 15 Onslow County residents died from opioid overdoses in 2015.

The following year, 2016, that number skyrocketed to 35 county resident deaths-a shocking 133% increase and the highest in the county’s history. While the numbers for 2017 fatalities have not yet been released, Onslow County isn’t looking good so far. The county reportedly dispensed Narcan-a drug intended to stop opioid effects and prevent related deaths-374 times in 2017 alone. That means there were at least 374 potentially fatal overdoses in Onslow County this past year, a rate of more than one per day.

Between staggering Opioid numbers and record-setting numbers of meth labs, Onslow County leads the state in drug abuse and has turned into cesspool illicit activities. Jacksonville-and more so the surrounding rural areas-have become a place junkies and dealers are safe to call home.

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American Red Cross was a no-show to feed Onslow County citizens

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Hundreds of citizens in Onslow County, North Carolina was waiting to be fed by the American Red Cross at 5:00 P.M. Tuesday evening, but they didn’t show up.

Onslow County Government posted on their Facebook page Tuesday the locations the American Red Cross would be feeding at and at least two of those locations was a no-show.

Locations Below:

Swansboro Library

Richlands Library (No Show)

Sneads Ferry Library (No Show)

1380 Piney Green Rd. (Parking lot/shopping center)

New River Shopping Center (by Planet Fitness)

The public was notified that the organization would be feeding at 4 PM but that time was later changed to 5 PM.

Local residents who showed up at Richlands Library and New River Shopping Center locations told News In Onslow that the organization was nowhere to be found.

Look at some of the comments posted on the Onslow County Government Facebook page about this BELOW:

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Onslow County Sheriff In Deep Water…AGAIN

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The Sheriff of Onslow County Hans Miller is in deep water again, and this time it doesn’t involve covering up rape allegations.

Sheriff Miller who has a history of thinking he can do what he wants to do just because he’s the sheriff didn’t work this time when he tried to drive through flooded waters.

Sources tell News In Onslow that on Saturday, September 15, sheriff Miller was on Piney Green in Jacksonville when he attempted “suicide.” Luckily, the sheriff survived as we know many have died driving their cars through flooded areas.

Sheriff Miller in flooded waters in Jacksonville, North Carolina

The example sheriff Miller is setting is that you don’t have to be careful and the resources used to rescue this reckless and negligent sheriff could have been used to rescue citizens that he is supposed to be protecting.

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President Trump rumored to visit New Bern, NC Wednesday

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The 45th President of The United States of America Donald Trump is scheduled to make an appearance in Eastern Carolina Wednesday.

According to the New York Post, President Trump will be surveying the destructive damage left by Hurricane Florence.

The exact locations Trump will visit were not immediately available but White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Trump’s North Carolina visit.

President Trump issued a disaster declaration Sunday for several counties in North Carolina.

The order issued is for residents in the affected area to apply for federal funding.

Locals in New Bern tells News In Onslow that Trump is expected to be in Downtown New Bern and that his car landed in Cherry Point, North Carolina Monday evening.

 

 

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