North Carolina Opioid Death Statistics
The opioid crisis has become the worst drug epidemic in modern American history. There were over 47,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2017—more than from automobile accidents or firearm-related homicides. Many of those overdose deaths were from heroin and black-market fentanyl, which are surging in popularity.
Demographics of Opioid Deaths in North Carolina
Just as the opioid crisis is distributed unevenly across the United States, rates of opioid overdose deaths also differ by demographics. These charts compare the rate of opioid overdose deaths in North Carolina by demographic groups, with the U.S. rate included as a benchmark.
Note: to see data for different years , drag the time-slider beneath the charts.
Age ranges with extremely small numbers of deaths yield unreliable rates and have been omitted from the chart.
Geography of Opioid Deaths in North Carolina
Opioid death rates vary greatly from location to location. This map shows the age-adjusted rate of opioid overdose deaths in North Carolina's counties.
Note that the CDC does not report mortality rates for locations with fewer than 20 deaths. Counties with no data should not be interpreted as having zero deaths.