The opioid crisis is at an all time high on North Carolina. Families all over the state are losing their loved ones to this epidemic, and nobody is immune to the harsh realities of the opioid crisis.
The number of deaths from opioids is on the rise at a startling pace. These numbers are up over 28% from 2015 according to U.S. News. Even more horrifying is the infant mortality rate. North Carolina currently holds the highest infant mortality rate in the entire country, especially in poorer regions.
The opioid crisis in North Carolina has a lot of repercussions for the states infrastructure. State and county jails are struggling to accommodate the increase in inmates as more and more people are charged with opioid related drug charges. This overcrowding in the prison system means more violence amongst prisoners and guards as well as poorer conditions which aren’t conducive to rehabilitation.
North Carolina lacks the healthcare accommodations to assist with this crisis. Too many people are unable to get the help they deserve before it’s too late. There are few, if any, long-term treatment options for those suffering from an opioid addiction, and those hit the hardest generally do not have access to affordable health insurance.
It has become apparent in recent years that many drug manufacturers were aware of the dangers of their products prior to release, effectively putting profits before people. Because of this, there have been several recent lawsuits against large pharmaceutical companies on behalf of those who have been harmed in this crisis.
While nothing can ever bring back those who have been lost to the opioid crisis, it is important to seek justice for those who have been victimized in this epidemic. We are committed at the Sparrow Law Firm to advocating for those affected by this injustice.
If you or someone you know is facing an opioid related charge, contact us today for assistance protecting your rights. We understand this is not an easy process, and we can help you navigate the complex legal system to produce the best outcome.