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Hurricanes can cause former drug users to relapse - here's how North Carolina will keep that from happening

Posted On: Sep 14, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Hurricanes can cause former drug users to relapse - here's how North Carolina will keep that from happening

Hurricanes, and other natural disasters, present an added safety concern for former drug users or addicts in the midst of treatment.
If unable to receive proper care, patients of rehab facilities may relapse in order to ease withdrawal symptoms.
Additionally, they may contract other diseases through the use of shared, unclean needles.
As Hurricane Florence descends on North Carolina, the government has a plan to help those who are receiving treatment.
Hurricanes bring about a number of dangers for people in its path, and Hurricane Florence is no exception. The now-Category 1 storm has been making its way toward the Carolina's all week, forcing the governments to issue mandatory evacuation notices. Although forcing people out of state keeps many residents safe, it puts those in the middle of addiction recovery in danger.
"Addicts require qualified care to manage their addictions into a state of remission," Brook McKenzie, director of clinical outreach at New Method Wellness , told INSIDER. "If that care...

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