Language Matters Mondays

“By using accurate, non-stigmatizing language, we can help break the stigma surrounding this disease so people can more easily access treatment, reach recovery, and live healthier lives.” – Michael Botticelli, Former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Words have power. When we use clinically accurate, person-first language, we begin to…

Attorney General Stein Recommends Resources for People Struggling With Addiction During the Holidays

For Immediate Release: Friday, December 22, 2017   Attorney General Stein Recommends Resources for People Struggling With Addiction During the Holidays (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today encouraged North Carolinians to remember that resources are available to anyone who may be struggling with addiction this holiday season. “It’s a sad reality that for many people,…

APNC Executive Director Receives NC Dogwood Award

APNC is honored that our own Executive Director, Donald McDonald, was one of 11 outstanding North Carolinians recognized by Attorney General Josh Stein today.  Mr. McDonald received the distinguished NC Dogwood Award for his commitment to combatting the opioid crisis and his dedication to preserving life and promoting health and wellness throughout NC. Attorney General…

Public Health Emergency: What now?

  Advocacy Win Although we celebrated victory after the White House public health emergency declaration, festivities were short-lived. The rift among advocates began immediately on social media, driven by pathos and politics. Many focused on the President’s off-script remarks about prevention, which were strikingly similar to the failed 80’s “just say no” campaign. Others pointed…

APNC Statement on the White House Public Health Emergency Declaration

We are grateful that the White House recognizes that we are in the grip of a public health crisis of epidemic proportions. The President’s decision to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency yesterday may help bring crucial resources to communities, improve access to services, and facilitate more efficient coordination among government agencies. We…