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VIDEO: Opioid crisis roundtable discussion

The devastation caused by opioid abuse will likely continue this year, but the collaboration among Cabarrus officials is a step forward, according to N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein.

And we must continue the fight, he added.

“… we can’t be demoralized,” Stein said. “As the drugs on the street  -- the heroin and the fentanyl -- get more potent and more dangerous, we’re going to see deaths. We (have) to do everything in our power to minimize it.”   

Stein participated in a roundtable recently at the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, and heard from representatives from a variety of backgrounds about our fight locally. 

 “We still have a lot of work, but I am encouraged,” said Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley. “I’m encouraged when I look around the room and I see people from every facet of government here in Cabarrus County. They keep coming to the table to say ‘You know what? We’re in it for the long haul.’”

Stein also touted the new State website (opioidresources.ncdoj.gov) that provides resources and information on how individual North Carolina communities are dealing with the issue.

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