The number of unintentional opioid-related overdose deaths among North Carolina residents has fallen for the first time in 5 years. According to preliminary data collected by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, unintentional opioid-related overdose deaths decreased by 5 percent in 2018. In 2017, deaths increased 34 percent from the year before. Data also shows a decreasing number of emergency department visits for opioid related overdoses which dropped nearly 10 percent from 2017 to 2018. “This is a major milestone for North Carolina but the figures show we have much more work to do to keep people healthy and alive,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “Medicaid Expansion is the easiest and most effective step our state can take to continue our fight against this deadly disease.”

For DHHS’s Opioid Action Plan – click here.

The Opioid Action Plan Data Dashboard can be found here.