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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Harm reduction expert: NC can and must do better in attacking drug crisis

When reporting on the opioid crisis in North Carolina, a few names come up a lot. Robert Childs, executive director of the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, is one of them.

With staff in Raleigh, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Durham, Greensboro and Greenville, the coalition is respected by active drug users, those in recovery, people working in rehabilitation, law enforcement and politicians on both sides of the aisle.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

From pills to heroin in Wilmington

When Gov. Roy Cooper signed the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention or STOP Act into law last month, he called it an essential tool in the fight against an opioid epidemic now gripping the state.

The law imposes limits on the prescription of opioid pain medications - no more than a five day supply of the pain medications on an initial visit.

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Law and the Courts

House subcommittee advances another “austerity” budget for Justice and Public Safety

The House unveiled pieces of its budget Thursday morning at various appropriation committee meetings, and lawmakers wasted no time reading it and getting through the amendment process.

The Justice and Public Safety (JPS) budget provides funding for four agencies: Department of Public Safety, Department of Justice, Indigent Defense Services and the Administrative Office of the Courts.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

The Senate budget: Tax cut addiction leaves NC’s civic core crumbling

So, the question as always comes down to one of vision. The elected chieftains who decide how much money North Carolina’s state government will spend, what it will be spent on and how it will be raised must decide not only which programs and services will thrive and which will dwindle. They must decide to what degree the people of this state are truly a community, with an obligation to provide for the common good in the best interests of all.

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The Follies

It has been a week since the Senate passed its disastrous budget and bad reviews keep rolling in about the choices Senate leaders made and the process they used to make them.

Senator Phil Berger and his staff are still busy scrambling to defend their partisan temper tantrum when Senate leaders recessed a late night session after Democrats offered some amendments that included a proposal to give teachers a bigger raise and make sure that state retirees received a cost of living increase.

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Education Top Story

Veteran House Democrats question the substance and process behind Senate budget proposal

Wednesday was the 63rd anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, the milestone U.S. Supreme Court case that ordered an end to racial segregation in American public schools.

That fact hasn’t escaped Rep. Henry Michaux’s attention as the veteran Democrat—the longest-serving member in the state House and a civil rights hero in Durham—shreds a $22.9 billion spending plan approved by the Senate shortly after 3 a.m. last Friday.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

Medicaid block grants: Passing the buck without passing the bucks

While it’s still a work in progress, the broad outline of proposed health care reforms is coming into focus in Congress. The measure as currently drafted holds huge ramifications for all Americans, including here in North Carolina. Many of those ramifications come from proposals to change Medicaid from its current form into a block grant program.

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Fitzsimon File Top Story

Cooper’s measured remarks and Berger’s bluster set the stage in Raleigh

Two different visions for North Carolina were prominently on display this week in Raleigh, both in terms of policy and also in tone, how political leaders work together and how they behave when they disagree.

The occasion was the first State of the State address from Governor Roy Cooper to the General Assembly. Cooper talked about raising teacher pay, making more investments in early childhood programs, reforming the criminal justice reform, and creating jobs.

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Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

1---number of days since the Winston-Salem Journal reported that efforts are underway to start a drug treatment court in Forsyth County to deal with growing opioid epidemic (“Efforts underway to start a drug treatment court in Forsyth to deal with heroin epidemic,” Winston-Salem Journal, February 27, 2017)

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Monday numbers

1.3 million---number of people with a serious mental illness who will lose health care coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed (“ACA Repeal Would Jeopardize Treatment for Millions with Substance Use Disorders, Including Opioid Addiction, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, February 9, 2017)

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