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Law Enforcement Could Access Statewide Drug Database Under New Bill

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A bill in the North Carolina General Assembly would allow law enforcement to have access to a statewide database of prescribed controlled substances. This is the latest move by the legislature to help curb the opioid epidemic in North Carolina.

Officials say over 13,000 people in the state have died from opioid-related overdoses since 1999. The number of deaths related to drug overdoses has increased tenfold. Host Frank Stasio talks to Rashaan Ayesh about the bill. She is a newsroom intern with the political desk at the News & Observer.

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Amanda Magnus is the editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She's also the lead producer for on-demand content at WUNC and has worked on "Tested" and "CREEP."
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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