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Percent of Unintentional Medication and Drug Poisoning Deaths from Opiates - Buncombe

80.6%2015

Data Description & Source

Description: The percentage of unintentional poisoning due to medication/drug overdose that are attributed to opiates.

Calculation: The number of unintentional deaths attributed to opiates divided by the total number of unintential deaths due to medication/drug overdose mulitplied by 100.

For example: In 2010 there were 19 unintentional deaths due to medication/drug overdose and 14 unintential deaths attributable to opiates. (14/19)*100 = 73.68%

Notes: These figures are counts of deaths and may not be comparable to counties or regions with different populations sizes.

Source: NC DPH, Chronic Disease and Injury, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch. Revised Oct. 2015. http://www.injuryfreenc.ncdhhs.gov/DataSurveillanc...

Story Behind the Curve

Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy-Community Team Initiative is working with CHIP staff to identify what is helping a hurting efforts to reduce substance use in Buncombe County.

What Works

Strategies to prevent overdose deaths include:

  • Improve opioid prescribing to reduce exposure to opioids, prevent abuse, and stop addiction.
  • Expand access to evidence-based substance abuse treatment, such as Medication-Assisted Treatment, for people already struggling with opioid addiction.
  • Expand access and use of naloxone.
  • Promote the use of state prescription drug monitoring programs.
  • Improve detection of the trends of illegal opioid use by working with state and local public health agencies, medical examiners and coroners, and law enforcement.

For more information, visit the CDC.

Action Plan

Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy-Community Team Initiative is working with CHIP staff to identify results and indicators to facilitate collective efforts to reduce substance use in Buncombe County.

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