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Sharon Chance
Shallotte Treatment Associates (left to right) administrative assistant Elizabeth Terry, LPN Shellie Hatcher, substance abuse counselor Tia Green, program director Kelley Lonergan, RN April Allen, and counselor David Gray care for local victims of the opioid crisis, offering counseling and methadone treatments. The treatment center staff hosted an open house Thursday to raise awareness about recovery needs in the community.
Shallotte Treatment Associates sheds light on recovery

Brunswick and New Hanover counties are among the four counties in North Carolina with the highest death rates due to heroin overdoses.

North Carolina experienced an 800 percent increase in opioid drug deaths from 1999 to 2016, largely driven by a growth of illicit heroin use, according to a study of death certificates conducted by a team of Duke University students and faculty.

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