Updated NC Statewide Overdose Surveillance Reports for October 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 October 2021. Note there continue to be 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 339 suspected overdose deaths this October compared to 229 this time last year (October 2020).

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Overdose Involving Medication or Drugs with Dependency Potential

There were 1,346 overdose ED visits this October involving medication or drugs with dependency potential compared to 1,263 this time last year (October 2020).

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