Overdoses in Cape Fear Area as many struggle with seasonal depression


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After the most wonderful time of the year comes perhaps the worst time of the year.

Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder, can look different for everyone, and people cope with it differently.

“Saints in the rear view mirror. Cold, gloomy. People don’t go out that much. They’re more isolated, so that means more depression, especially at this time of year,” said Coastal Horizons therapist and emergency response team leader Buffy Taylor.

For some, the coping mechanism comes in the form of substance abuse. In the month of December, Another eight overdoses were reported in the county of Braunschweig in 2022 than in 2021.

Unfortunately, it’s a similar story in New Hanover County.

“After the holidays, our numbers are usually down, and they doubled,” Taylor said.

According to Taylor, the emergency response team usually responds to about 12 overdoses a month, but they responded to 28 in December.

While the increase in numbers may be partly due to mental health issues, Taylor says there is another factor at play.

“The increase in fentanyl and the decrease in actual heroin, so it’s all a chemical derivative of what people are looking for and can get,” she said.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid. According to the Center for Disease Controlit is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.

It is prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain, but it is also produced and distributed illegally to produce a heroin-like effect.

If you are struggling, you don’t have to face it alone.

“Most people need some kind of treatment and to meet other people, which has been such a proven benefit for treatment and being around groups of people who can identify,” Taylor said.

Coastal horizons provides a variety of services including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and mental health counseling in New Hanover, Braunschweig and Pender counties.

Braunschweig county commissioners will discuss distribution of county funds opioid settlement funds at the regular meeting on Tuesday evening.

Overdoses in Cape Fear Area as many struggle with seasonal depression

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