North Carolina's Opioid Action Plan

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North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan was developed with community partners to combat the opioid crisis. It is a living document that will be updated as we make progress on the epidemic and are faced with new issues and solutions. Strategies in the plan include:

  • Coordinating the state’s infrastructure to tackle the opioid crisis.
  • Reducing the oversupply of prescription opioids.
  • Reducing the diversion of prescription drugs and the flow of illicit drugs.
  • Increasing community awareness and prevention.
  • Making naloxone widely available.
  • Expanding treatment and recovery systems of care.
  • Measuring the effectiveness of these strategies based on results.

The data dashboard developed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services helps to track and monitor the metrics in the Opioid Action Plan. These metrics show the state beginning to see success in its efforts to combat the opioid crisis. The oversupply of prescription opioids is being reduced and access to treatment and recovery services has increased. More information, including instructions on how to use the dashboard, can be found here.

The full Opioid Action Plan is available here. Every quarter the opioid action plan metrics are updated. You can find the latest update here.

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