This site includes downloadable resources for deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department (ED) visits due to poisoning, particularly medication and drug poisoning. These areas have become a growing public health concern nationally and in North Carolina. Since 1999 the number of drug poisoning deaths in North Carolina has increased by 440%, from 363 to 1,965 in 2016. Additionally, in 2014 there were nearly 12,000 hospitalizations and almost 22,000 ED visits related to medication and drug poisoning. (More recent hospital and ED data are not currently available due to a coding transition.)

Historically, prescription drugs have been a major driver of this epidemic. However, illicit drugs are also contributing to this problem in increasing numbers. Heroin or other synthetic narcotics (like fentanyl) were involved in over 60 percent of unintentional opioid deaths in 2016. The number of cocaine overdose deaths is also on the rise.

See Current NC Data Here