Updated NC Statewide Overdose Surveillance Reports – August 2021

The Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the Division of Public Health recently updated provisional data on suspected opioid overdose EMS encounters and ED visits for opioid-related overdose and unintentional med/drug with potential for abuse overdose for August 2021. Note there are known data quality issues for May and June 2021 ED visits that are impacting the shown trends, interpret the data for these months with caution.

Suspected Overdose Deaths

There were 359 suspected overdose deaths this August compared to 247 this time last year (August 2020).

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Overdose Involving Medication or Drugs with Dependency Potential

There were 1,266 overdose ED visits this August involving medication or drugs with dependency potential compared to 1,413 this time last year (August 2020).

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