Governor Roy Cooper wrapped up a 2-day tour of Western North Carolina Tuesday. His visit was designed to put a light on many issues affecting the region. And no issue may be affecting Western North Carolina more than opioid abuse.
Up until about three years ago, David Dick had been abusing opiates for 35 years. After a workplace accident left him barely alive and badly injured, the subsequent opiate prescriptions left him hooked. “It’s just the constant prescribing of opioids, left me with nothing else on my mind,” said Dick.