In 2016, there were 1,505 opioid-related overdose deaths­­­ in North Carolina—a rate of 15.4 deaths per 100,000 compared to the national rate of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 persons. Since 2010, when the rate was 8.1 deaths per 100,000 persons, the rate has almost doubled. From 2010 to 2016, the number of heroin-related deaths increased from 39 to 544 deaths and the number of deaths related to synthetic opioids rose from 170 to 601 deaths.


North Carolina Opioid Summary from NIH