According to the CDC, more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record. The majority of drug overdose deaths involve an opioid. 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. An epidemic of unintentional poisoning deaths continues to affect North Carolina. Since 1999, the number
of these deaths has increased by more than 320 percent, from 279 to 1,178 in 2014 . The vast
majority of unintentional deaths are drug or medication-related, occurring when people misuse or abuse
these drugs. Many of these deaths involve opioid analgesic deaths involving medications such as methadone,
oxycodone, and hydrocodone have increased significantly in North Carolina. Opioid analgesics are now
involved in more drug deaths than cocaine and heroin combined. View more information here.
To the right is a map of the rate of unintentional prescription opioid overdose deaths and dispensing rates for outpatient prescription opioid analgesics created by from the Substance Treatment and Referral(STAR) Program Report.