Gov. Roy Cooper: "Opioid addiction is devastating families across the nation."

Opioid-related deaths up 73 percent in N.C. since 2005

Posted at 3:12 PM on May 16, 2017

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New data released Tuesday shows the sobering local impact of the opioid crisis on North Carolina families. In 2015, there were more than 1,100 opioid-related deaths, marking a 73 percent increase from 2005.

Iredell County reported 15 deaths in 2015, up slightly from 13 a decade earlier.

In his budget proposal, Common Ground Solutions for North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper proposed providing $12 million in statewide mental health single-stream funds to help combat the opioid crisis and an additional $2 million to enhance local law enforcement’s efforts to fight the crisis. The Senate Republican budget, however, provides just $1.9 million per year to curb the opioid crisis and actually cuts single-stream funding used for crisis mental health and substance abuse treatment by $100 million.

“Opioid addiction is devastating families across the nation,” Cooper said. “This is a uniquely challenging crisis for our communities and will require a new level of collaboration between law enforcement, treatment-providers, and those in recovery. I am committed to combatting opioid abuse in North Carolina, and I urge the General Assembly to make a similar investment to help those who are suffering from this disease.”

The governor recently joined leaders across the country in a bipartisan commission to combat the opioid crisis. The commission is led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Cooper pledged to work with the commission to support better access to mental health treatment and criminal justice reforms, which can help people suffering from addiction to truly recover.

Here's a chart showing the deaths in each county:

Opioid Deaths in North Carolina (2005/2015)

County2005 Opiate Related Deaths2015 Opiate Related Deaths
NC Total6421,110 – a 73% increase
Alamance811
Alexander26
Alleghany12
Anson11
Ashe22
Avery23
Beaufort65
Bertie11
Bladen05
Brunswick1424
Buncombe2929
Burke1231
Cabarrus2517
Caldwell1023
Camden23
Carteret1215
Caswell12
Catawba917
Chatham11
Cherokee61
Chowan03
Clay00
Cleveland718
Columbus79
Craven1222
Cumberland1441
Currituck04
Dare33
Davidson1619
Davie74
Duplin23
Durham617
Edgecombe36
Forsyth1353
Franklin47
Gaston2530
Gates01
Graham12
Granville15
Greene12
Guilford2747
Halifax210
Harnett710
Haywood88
Henderson1013
Hertford10
Hoke12
Hyde00
Iredell1315
Jackson43
Johnston823
Jones13
Lee27
Lenoir17
Lincoln55
McDowell58
Macon24
Madison06
Martin11
Mecklenburg2661
Mitchell34
Montgomery33
Moore411
Nash211
New Hanover2645
Northampton11
Onslow1115
Orange76
Pamlico24
Pasquotank42
Pender114
Perquimans01
Person53
Pitt812
Polk02
Randolph830
Richmond711
Robeson511
Rockingham1411
Rowan2029
Rutherford1014
Sampson05
Scotland75
Stanly712
Stokes213
Surry107
Swain21
Transylvania54
Tyrrell00
Union918
Vance65
Wake3562
Warren10
Washington01
Watauga37
Wayne39
Wilkes1424
Wilson26
Yadkin55
Yancey05



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