Politician Info
? Libbie Griffin (D - NC)

Addresses the opioid crisis on her website:


"Opioid addiction afflicts people of all ages and their families. When parents of young children are arrested on drug charges their children are often removed from their homes and placed in foster care. There are so many of these children in North Carolina now that the foster care system is overwhelmed. Parents’ are drug tested regularly. They must stay drug free for a long period of time in order to recover their children. Many children are permanently taken from their parents, left to sink or swim in foster care."

From Attorney General Josh Stein’s website,  I learned these facts:

  • Five people die from opioid overdoses every day in our state

  • More people die from opioid overdoses than in car crashes.

  • More than 2,000 North Carolinians died of an opioid overdose in 2017 – a 32 percent increase over the previous year.

  • Between 1999 and 2017, more than 13,169 North Carolina residents lost their lives to unintentional opioid overdoses.

  • The number of overdose deaths in 2017 was nearly 17 times higher than in 1999.

  • Carteret and Pamlico counties in our district are among the counties with the highest rates of unintentional overdose deaths. The death rate is even higher in Jones County.

​Did not respond to NC NORML’s 2020 Primary or General Election Questionnaires

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