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Poisoning Data

Deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department (ED) visits due to poisoning, particularly medication and drug poisoning, have become a growing public health concern nationally and in North Carolina.

Historically, prescription opioids have been a major driver of this epidemic. However, illicit drugs are now contributing to this problem in increasing numbers. The majority of unintentional opioid overdose deaths now involve heroin or other synthetic narcotics (like fentanyl). The number of overdose deaths involving stimulants is also on the rise.

This webpage includes statewide summary data, a link to the state’s Opioid Action Plan Data Dashboard, monthly data updates, and county-level data. Please contact us with questions or data requests. Visit Poisoning Prevention and Unintentional Poisoning from Prescription Drugs for more information on preventing poisoning deaths in North Carolina.

N.C. Summary Data

N.C. Opioid Action Plan Data Dashboard - Updated Quarterly

County Overdose Slide Sets - Updated 12/10/19

NC DETECT Overdose ED Visits Reports - Updated Monthly

Opioid Overdose ED Visits

January 2020 Opioid Overdose Surveillance ED Data January 2020 Opioid Overdose Emergency Department Visits Heat Maps

Overdose ED Visits Involving Medication or Drug with Potential for Dependency

January 2020 Medication or Drug with Potential for Dependency Overdose Surveillance ED Data December 2019 Opioid Overdose Emergency Department Visits Heat Maps

NC OCME Poisoning Deaths Surveillance Reports

NC Harm Reduction Slides - Updated Monthly

County-Level Poisoning Data Tables

See the dashboard below for data on various types of poisoning at the county level. Please see the North Carolina Overdose Surveillance Definitions (PDF, 776 KB) table for a detailed description of case definitions for each type of poisoning. All tables contain the most recent 10 years of data. If additional years of data are needed, please send a request.

  • To navigate the dashboard, use the filter boxes at the bottom of the tables.
  • The Source box allows you to switch between deaths, hospitalizations, Emergency Department, and population data.
  • The View by County box will show all drug categories statewide, or by county selected.
  • The View by Drug will show one drug category for all counties. When viewing the tables by drug, make your desired choices in the Intent and Drug boxes. This will display all 100 counties and state data.
  • Use the Page navigator box in the bottom right to flip through all pages of data.
  • If you wish to view data for only one county, change the View by County or Drug box to county, make your selections in the Intent and County boxes, and make sure the Page navigator box is set to page 1.
  • Tables can be downloaded using the download icon below right of the data table.

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Updated: February 24, 2020