Roy Cooper on Drugs



Launched state's first Opioid Action Plan in 2017

In addition to being appointed by the President to serve on his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, I've worked with the legislature across party lines. We launched the state's first Opioid Action Plan in 2017 and opioid prescriptions have dropped by 24%, emergency room visits for opioid misuse have declined by 10% and opioid related deaths have decreased by 5%.
Source: Raleigh News-Observer on 2020 North Carolina Governor race , Mar 2, 2020

Opposes legalization of marijuana


Told a local news outlet he doesn't believe the time is right to legalize cannabis. (2018)

Source: Cannabis Voter Project report on 2020 candidates , Jul 2, 2019

Eliminate stigma & encourage opioid addicts to get treatment

One of the most frightening developments in our country and state is the opioid and substance abuse crisis. It threatens lives, rips apart families and can create a shortage of qualified workers.

In my hometown of Nashville, North Carolina, Police Chief Tom Bashore is working to combat this addiction crisis. Last February, Chief Bashore and the Nashville Police Department launched the "Hope Initiative," the first program in North Carolina encouraging opioid addicts to walk into a police station seeking treatment without fear of arrest.

Recognizing that addiction is a disease, Chief Bashore has engaged with the community to eliminate the stigma surrounding opioid addiction and encourage addicts to seek treatment.

My budget directs mental health and law enforcement funding in a multi-pronged approach to combat the substance abuse crisis. This is an area where we must find common ground to help our friends and neighbors gripped by addiction.

Source: 2017 North Carolina State of the State address , Mar 13, 2017

Tackle meth labs by restricting key ingredients

In his introduction of Cooper, N.C. Rep. Larry Bell credited the attorney general's accomplishments over the years. Among them, Cooper has helped increase DNA testing of crime scene evidence, started a computer forensics unit to hunt child predators and launched a site to track such offenders. In order to tackle the issue of meth labs in recent years, Cooper made it tougher for criminals to get the drug's key ingredient and helped make punishment more stringent for meth makers.
Source: 2016 gubernatorial campaign website, RoyCooper.com , Jun 17, 2015

Other governors on Drugs: Roy Cooper on other issues:
NC Gubernatorial:
Al Pisano
Dan Forest
Holly Grange
Pat McCrory
NC Senatorial:
Cal Cunningham
Chris Rey
Deborah Ross
Eric Mansfield
Erica Smith
Garland Tucker
Paul Wright
Richard Burr
Sandy Smith
Sean Haugh
Thom Tillis

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D) vs.Murray(R) vs.Bonini(C)
IN: Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R) vs.Pisano(C)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R) vs.Peterson(D)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R) vs.Culp(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D) vs.Salango(D)
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