Month: May 2017

Opioid-Related Deaths Underestimated

America’s prescription drug abuse epidemic may be even more deadly than expected, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests. Some opioid-related deaths may be missed when people die from pneumonia and other infectious diseases caused and/or exacerbated by drug abuse. Their death certificates may only list the infection as the cause of death, explained CDC field officer Victoria Hall. Learn More about the Treatment...

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Fentanyl and Heroin: Related Deaths

The OCME Toxicology Laboratory is accredited by the American Board of forensic Toxicology (ABFT) and performs toxicology testing on all drug-related deaths in North Carolina to assist the pathologist in determining cause and manner of death. The OCME Toxicology Laboratory screens for more than 600 compounds. Based on provisional data, there were 479 fentanyl and/or fentanyl analogue related deaths and 521 heroin related deaths in North Carolina in 2016. The report below shows the breakdown of these deaths by type, month, county and other demographic details. Current Report from...

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