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  The opioid epidemic is devastating communities across the country, and Western North Carolina is no exception. In fact, the overdose rate in Buncombe County nearly tripled in the first 8 months of 2017, compared to the entirety of 2016. There are 68 opioid pills prescribed per person per year in Buncombe County. In addition…

WNCAP Syringe Exchange Hours Are Changing

Due to high demand for clean needles, WNCAP is limiting our hours of syringe distribution. We typically see the most activity on Mondays and Fridays so we have decided to remain open from 9am-5pm on those days, as well as Thursday. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, our friends at The Steady Collective distribute clean needles as…

Tackling the Opioid Crisis and its Ripple Effects

WNCAP’s Michael Harney is on a mission, and this is an issue near and dear to us. According to North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, four people die every day in the state from an opioid overdose. At last week’s opioid crisis roundtable with Attorney General Stein, Michael Harney brought over twenty years of experience to…

Demand Outpacing Supply for Asheville Needle Exchange Program

The needle exchange program run out of WNCAP, intended to serve the 18 counties of western North Carolina, often faces shortages in supply. For insight into the extraordinary demand for safe and unused needles in our community and from travelers across state lines, Blue Ridge Public Radio recently spoke to our own “Rubber Man” Michael…

Syringe Exchange Featured by NC Health News

From the stereotypes and stigma that shadow our exchange participants, to the very real issue of supply shortages and extreme demand, read what North Carolina Health News had to say about our very own syringe exchange:   In 2016, the legislature made it legal for groups to run needle exchanges. Less than a year later,…