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Monday numbers: Safe syringe programs have led to a 44% increase in overdose reversals since 2019

The reach of safe syringe programs in North Carolina has expanded dramatically since the legislature passed a 2016 law allowing health officials to provide sterile syringes, new needles, and naloxone kits to reverse opioid overdoses.   The programs are meant to reduce the spread of blood-borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis, and refer people to substance abuse treatment.

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As vaccination rates decline, DHHS and health care providers trying to reach rural, underserved communities

The total number of vaccinations dropped by 23% over one week in April, an indication that North Carolina still faces challenges in achieving its vaccination goals. Now the state Department of Health and Human Services wants to direct vaccination efforts toward neighborhoods where few people have gotten shots.

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For Black, Latinx, Native American residents, community connections are key to COVID-19 vaccination success 

Shirley Hill rolled up her right sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccination Wednesday when doses were ready for her and 49 others at the Temple of Praise church in Kenly. Hill, 75, had been trying to get a vaccine appointment closer to her home in Goldsboro, but couldn’t even get on a waiting list. 

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When a hospital is overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, deciding who gets critical care

New state plan guides doctors, nurses on difficult ethical questions It is a nearly impossible decision: Who would get life-saving treatment when hospitals are overwhelmed by critically ill patients and running out of equipment or space?

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