Gov. Roy Cooper has declared Aug. 31 to be Overdose Awareness Day in North Carolina in conjunction with International Awareness Day. The goal is to honor and remember loved ones lost and recognize community partners working to provide help.
Annie Vasquez with Forsyth Regional Opioid and Substance Use Team (FROST) says the issue cuts across age, income and zip code.
“You talk to almost anybody in our county and they either know someone, they love someone, or they’re related to someone who has been affected by the opioid overdose crisis,” she says. “And that’s just incredibly sad.”