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Opioid Addiction Uncovered: Answers from the Medical Community

Dr. Blake Fagan

Recently, Dr. Blake Fagan sat down to answer common questions from the public on opioid addiction, otherwise known as a substance use disorder. How do opioids affect the body? Can you really do anything to prevent this crisis? How easy is it to become addicted? Find out answers to all these questions, and more, by clicking on the links below:

  • What is the current state of the opioid crisis in Buncombe County?
  • As a patient or parent of a patient, how can you protect yourself from addiction?
  • How do opioids actually affect the brain and body?
  • How did this opioid crisis happen to begin with?
  • What can be done to stop this opioid crisis?
  • Is there a cure for addiction/substance use disorder?
  • Is opioid addiction different than other forms of addiction?
  • What effect does opioid use have on expecting mothers?
  • How easy is it to become addicted to opioids?
  • How can you identify someone with an opioid substance use disorder?
  • How can you talk to your family about opioids?

To see the full video with all of the questions answered, click here.

Dr. Fagan is a family practice physician and Director of the MAHEC Family Medicine Residency Program. He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and completed his family practice residency at MAHEC's Family Medicine Residency Program. Areas of special interest include low-risk obstetrics, pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and contraception.


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