ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — >Gov. Roy Cooper visited Asheville on Thursday to draw attention to the deadly opioid epidemic.

Cooper, who met with local people in recovery, said it will take a multipronged approach to end the addiction crisis that’s affected so many families.

He touted his opioid action plan unveiled to tackle the epidemic that’s killed 12,000 people since 1999.

“Four people a day. Four people a day die from substance abuse overdose,” Cooper told a hushed room before proclaiming September Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

The governor, along with state and local leaders, got an up close look at a life saver. Vaya Health received a state grant for 2,400 kits, which include the opiate antidote Narcan. The kits will be distributed by the the state Harm Reduction Coalition

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