“Opioid abuse is a serious public health issue. Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Protect yourself and your loved ones from prescription drug abuse and overdose death.” – US Department of Health and Human Services
Opioids & Overdose
Opioids reduce pain and are “downers.” They slow down breathing and can make people sleepy.
Prescribed and illegal opioids include heroin, fentanyl, OxyContin, Vicodin, codeine, methadone and morphine. Opioids like fentanyl are also showing up in other street drugs.
Anybody who takes a toxic amount of opioids can overdose. It can cause a person to stop breathing, leading to brain damage and death.
According to the NC Division of Public Health, there were nearly 12,000 hospitalizations and almost 22,000 emergency department visits related to medication and drug poisoning in 2014. Since 1999, the number of drug poisoning deaths in North Carolina has increased by 440%, from 363 to 1,965 in 2016.
The Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB) generates multiple resources to help keep their partners informed about overdoses in North Carolina:
Additional Data Resources:
Local Resources for Parents and Guardians:
Local Resources for Older Adults & Caregivers:
Resources for Pregnant Women:
June 12-13, 2018 – North Carolina Coalition Summit at NC State University’s McKimmon Center: Join coalitions, community leaders, and youth advocates from across North Carolina to address prescription drug misuse. More information and registration is available on the North Carolina Coalition Summit website.
Below are a few ways to get involved and help fight the opioid crisis through volunteering:
“The opioid epidemic is taking lives and tearing families apart across the country, including North Carolina. More people die in North Carolina of an accidental drug overdose – usually an opioid – than any other cause of accidental death.” – NC Department of Justice: Confronting NC’s Opioid Crisis