How Have Opioids
Affected North Carolina?
The numbers are devastating in our state:
- Five people die from opioid overdoses every day.
- More people die from opioid overdoses than car crashes.
- More than 2,000 North Carolinians died of an opioid overdose in 2017 – a 32 percent increase over the previous year.
- Between 1999 and 2017, more than 13,169 North Carolina residents have lost their lives to unintentional opioid overdoses.
- The number of unintentional opioid overdose deaths in 2017 was nearly 17 times higher than in 1999.
- The number of unintentional opioid overdose deaths has more than doubled in the past decade. (NC State Center for Health Statistics – Vital Statistics- Death certificates; Analysis by Injury Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit)
- In 2017, there were nearly 125 unintentional opioid-related overdose emergency department visits per week on average. (The North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Tool (NC DETECT); Analysis by Injury Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit)
How Have Opioids
Affected the United States?
The numbers in relation to the entire country paint a troubling picture of the crisis:
- More than 100 people die every day from opioid overdoses.
- Overall life expectancy in the U.S. has declined for three years in a row due in large part to the opioid epidemic, reversing a half-century trend.
- Overdoses kill more Americans than car crashes or gun violence.
- Addiction contributes to mass incarceration. In 2010, 85% of the U.S. prison population was incarcerated for substance-related reasons, with over half of all inmates diagnosed with substance use disorders.
What Are the Numbers
of the National Epidemic?
Sources: *2016 National survey on Drug Use and Health, **Mortality in the United States, 2016 NCHS Data Brief No. 293, December 2017, ***CEA Report: The underestimated cost of the opioid crisis, 2017