Roy Cooper on Drugs
Launched state's first Opioid Action Plan in 2017
In addition to being appointed by the President to serve on his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, I've worked with the legislature across party lines. We launched the state's first Opioid Action Plan in 2017 and
opioid prescriptions have dropped by 24%, emergency room visits for opioid misuse have declined by 10% and opioid related deaths have decreased by 5%.
Source: Raleigh News-Observer on 2020 North Carolina Governor race
, Mar 2, 2020
Opposes legalization of marijuana
WHERE DOES NORTH CAROLINA'S GOVERNOR STAND?
Told a local news outlet he doesn't believe the time is right to legalize cannabis. (2018)
Source: Cannabis Voter Project report on 2020 candidates
, Jul 2, 2019
Eliminate stigma & encourage opioid addicts to get treatment
One of the most frightening developments in our country and state is the opioid and substance abuse crisis. It threatens lives, rips apart families and can create a shortage of qualified workers.
In my hometown of Nashville, North Carolina, Police
Chief Tom Bashore is working to combat this addiction crisis. Last February, Chief Bashore and the Nashville Police Department launched the "Hope Initiative," the first program in North Carolina encouraging opioid addicts to walk into a police station
seeking treatment without fear of arrest.
Recognizing that addiction is a disease, Chief Bashore has engaged with the community to eliminate the stigma surrounding opioid addiction and encourage addicts to seek treatment.
My budget directs
mental health and law enforcement funding in a multi-pronged approach to combat the substance abuse crisis. This is an area where we must find common ground to help our friends and neighbors gripped by addiction.
Source: 2017 North Carolina State of the State address
, Mar 13, 2017
Tackle meth labs by restricting key ingredients
In his introduction of Cooper, N.C. Rep. Larry Bell credited the attorney general's accomplishments over the years. Among them, Cooper has helped increase DNA testing of crime scene evidence, started a computer forensics unit to hunt child predators
and launched a site to track such offenders. In order to tackle the issue of meth labs in recent years, Cooper made it tougher for criminals to get the drug's key ingredient and helped make punishment more stringent for meth makers.
Source: 2016 gubernatorial campaign website, RoyCooper.com
, Jun 17, 2015
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