DSS News

Opioid Overdose: Understanding the Epidemic

The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic.

Opioids (including prescription opioidsheroin, and fentanyl) killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any year on record. 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. In 2016, 40% all opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid.

Learn more:
Understanding the Epidemic
Data
Overdose Prevention
Information for Patients
Information for Providers
Opioid Abuse Statistics by County

Youth Employment Certificate Update

Important change:  As of October 2017, the Department of Social Services can no longer issue Youth Employment Certificates (YEC) also known as Work Permits.  Instead, parents and youth can obtain a certificate online through the N.C. Department of Labor at www.nclabor.com.

The N.C. Department of Labor has easy to follow steps on how to apply for the certificate online.  They advise that the application process works best when done at the employer’s location “In order to ensure accuracy of job descriptions and ABC permit requirements”.  The instructions also state that the Youth Employment Certificate (YEC) form should not be completed until the youth has a firm job offer. The completed Youth Employment Certificate (YEC) needs to be signed by the youth, parent and the employer before it is valid.  It then must be given by the employer to be filed on or before the first day of work.

Should any questions or concerns arise regarding the new application process please contact a program assistant at the N.C. Department of Labor at 1-800-NC-LABOR (1-800-625-2267).  More detailed information can also be found at www.nclabor.com.

Assistance with Wildlife Problems.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Click the links below to find assistance with wildlife:

Can’t find an answer about a wildlife problem?

Call 1-866-318-2401 or visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/Have-A-Problem for more information.

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