Hendersonville, N.C. – Senator Chuck Edwards is pleased to announce the NC Senate appointment of Ms. Julie Huneycutt, a Hendersonville resident, to the state’s Task Force on Sentencing Reforms for Opioid Drug Convictions.
Ms. Huneycutt will work with the Attorney General, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Public Safety, Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, and Executive Director of the North Carolina Sentencing and Advisory Commission to study the modification of current statute and how to recognize those convicted of opiate related crimes who would be able to successfully reintegrate into society.
Senator Edwards (R-Henderson) said of her appointment “It is no surprise to those who know the work she has done in our community that Julie was selected to serve on this Task Force. The Opioid Drug epidemic effects everyone and every area of our state. Julie has been fighting for education and prevention for years. Her appointment to this task force strengthens the voice of our District in Raleigh and ensures that those best qualified are fighting to understand this epidemic. Julie will no doubt be very influential in this role, and each member of this task force will see her passion for this subject. I am grateful that Julie is willing to serve our area in such an important capacity to help make a difference and I was delighted to able to recommend her for this position.”
Ms. Huneycutt has been advocating against Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse for many years. She attended NC State University, achieving her BS in Psychology and Reading Education. Additionally, she attended classes at Duke University, receiving her Prevention Coordinator Certification. In 2014, Ms. Huneycutt became the Director of HopeRx, Henderson County’s Coalition to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Prevention. She also co-founded Anna’s Hope, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse. She is an Appointee to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and speaks regionally on issues surrounding Prescription Drug abuse.
The Task Force on Sentencing Reform for Opioid Drug Convictions was created this year in House Bill 464. This task force will utilize those with extensive backgrounds and experience dealing with the Opioid Epidemic to better understand addicts and those convicted of related crimes. The purpose of this Task Force is to ensure that any statutory change regarding sentencing for these crimes may be studied and debated by those most knowledgeable and closest to the problem.