RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina — RTI International is among a group of organizations that will collaborate on solutions to opioid use and related public-health problems in an eight-county region at North Carolina’s western tip.

North Carolina is no exception to the opioid epidemic that has swept the country. Heroin-related deaths in the state increased by 884 percent between 2010 and 2015. Over the same time span, acute hepatitis C infections, which can spread among people who inject drugs through contaminated needles, increased by 228 percent.

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The North Carolina Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women is hosting its 4th Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, September 26th in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. This year's theme is "Healthcare for Women."

The purpose of this event is to educate participants on ways to improve healthcare services for women locally, nationally, and globally. The luncheon will also offer attendees the opportunity to engage in robust dialogue and panel discussions.

This post was co-authored with MaryBeth Musumeci, Associate Director at the Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured at The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.The post was originally published on in September 2017. Health is published by Project HOPE, a journal available in print and online. 

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The student debt situation has improved. A new study reports a substantial drop in the proportion of students with private loans, which are usually a worse deal for students compared with federal government loans. There are important lessons we can learn from the rise and fall of the private student loan market.

Opioid addiction and its impacts are widespread in the United States. Drug addiction has been the leading cause of accidental death and the numbers are increasing. In 2015, there were more than 50,000 lethal drug overdoses, with approximately 33,000 of those related to opioids. This represents a four-fold increase in overdose deaths involving opioids since 1999, with no signs of slowing down.  

RTI International will continue by to provide technical support for watershed assessment and protection for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water.

As part of the new five-year contract, RTI will provide a broad range of innovative and cost-effective solutions to restore impaired waters, reduce nonpoint and point source runoff, protect healthy watersheds, and mitigate impacts to coastal and ocean waters. The contract has a ceiling of $113 million.