- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants his state to make a drug that can save the lives of people overdosing on pain killers as widely available as possible.

Cooper announced North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan on Tuesday as the state held a summit on how to stop misuse and overdoses of the popular drugs.

Cooper said in a news release that along with making naloxone available, the plan also calls for fewer prescriptions for opioids, fighting the illegal diversion of drugs from people given them by a doctor and expanding drug addiction treatment.

Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen presented the plan to the summit, saying the state has a lot of work to do.

The agency says opioid-related deaths in North Carolina increased 20 percent last year.

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