NORTH CAROLINA’S OPIOID ADDICTION ACTION PLAN

More than 12,000 North Carolinians have lost their lives to opioid overdose since 1999, and opioid-related overdose deaths have spiked by more than 800 percent in the state through 2016. According to DHHS data, in 2016 opioid-related deaths were up by 20 percent from the previous year. If that rate were to continue, North Carolina could expect to lose more than 1,500 additional lives per year to opioid overdose by 2021.

Earlier this month, Governor Roy Cooper joined Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. at the Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit in Raleigh to roll out a statewide plan to fight opioid abuse and overdose deaths. To read North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan, visit ncdhhs.gov/opioids.

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