NCDHHS Data Shows Progress Combatting Opioid Crisis

The state is beginning to see success in its efforts to combat the opioid crisis, according to data now available on a new dashboard developed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). The oversupply of prescription opioids is being reduced and access to treatment and recovery services has increased, the data show.

For instance, in the fourth quarter of 2017, there were 20 million fewer opioid pills dispensed statewide, compared to the same period the year before when 141 million were distributed.

A year ago, NCDHHS joined with community partners to develop the North Carolina Opioid Action Plan, which established 13 data metrics to track and monitor North Carolina’s opioid epidemic. The metrics track progress toward five overarching goals: reducing deaths, reducing oversupply of prescription opioids, reducing drug diversion and illicit drug flow, increasing naloxone access and increasing access to treatment and recovery services.

The metrics are updated quarterly in the new dashboard. Visit the Opioid Action Plan Data Dashboard for additional statistics and information. Learn more about the Opioid Action Plan and other steps being taken to turn the tide of opioid addiction in North Carolina. Read the press release announcing the new data dashboard.


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