Drug testing in Haywood County schools: do results justify cost?

Some surprising statistics regarding drug testing in Haywood County schools have raised questions about the policy’s cost and effectiveness.

Officers add drug overdose antidote to their tool belt

fr billhollingsedLaw enforcement officers in Haywood County are pulling double duty in the war on drugs: they’re saving lives as well as fighting crime.

Moving mountains: A rare bright spot in the relentless fight against prescription pill abuse

fr narcanA life-saving antidote to reverse drug overdoses is finding widespread acceptance amid the prescription pain pill epidemic.

Cherokee implements full-circle rehabilitation for drug recovery

fr snowbirdIt’s been a while since the old Mountain Credit Union building in Cherokee saw foot traffic from people looking to deposit checks or get financial advice, but its doors still swing open and closed with regularity — though for a much different purpose.

Cherokee council vows to crack down on drug dealers

cherokeeDrug addiction is perhaps the biggest crisis on the Qualla Boundary, and it’s time that tribal government got serious about punishing traffickers, members of Cherokee Tribal Council agreed last week.

Recovery rally aims to offer hope

haywoodIt takes a village to combat a drug addiction or mental illness, and Richie Tannerhill is hoping to see a multitude of villages turn out when the inaugural Western Regional Rally for Recovery comes to Lake Junaluska Sept. 19.

A painful problem: Haywood teams up to fight prescription drug abuse

coverRecently recovered from rotator cuff surgery, Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher hasn’t popped a single prescription pain pill since the operation. Instead, he’s been using a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, over-the-counter meds that don’t pose the same risks of abuse and addiction as opioids. 

“Just this morning I was at the physical therapist,” he said in a May interview. “She said, ‘I cannot believe you didn’t take prescription meds.’ I said, ‘I didn’t need to.’”

Jackson schools might expand drug testing

drugsA bigger number of Jackson County students could be subject to random drug testing if a proposed policy change being considered by the school board gets approved.

Home helps women transition to independent life after prison, substance abuse

fr freshstartThe future was looking increasingly frightening to 54-year-old Anita as she got to the end of her six-year prison sentence. 

All along, she had assumed that she’d be able to live with her mother while she got back on her feet, but a couple months before Anita’s sentence ended, her mother changed her mind. Anita had nowhere to go.

Campaign aims to reduce amount of prescription meds in Haywood

fr painmedsThere’s a good amount of opioids in Haywood County, more than twice the national average. And apparently there’s a good number of people overdosing on the prescription medications as well. 

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