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.
March 12, 2018
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