Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit to be held June 27

June 8th, 2017

The Division of Public Health and the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services invite the entire community to be part of the solution to address opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose. Join them to hear from national, state and local leaders. Engage in interactive discussions with colleagues and community leaders during one of the 24 breakout sessions on topics including local, state, and national efforts; social determinants; innovative policies; prevention efforts; harm reduction; criminal justice and treatment.

Event Details and Registration

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PCSS-MAT’s Waiver Course for NPs and PAs

June 1st, 2017

In the first week since launching, PCSSMAT’s 24 hour MAT waiver course, designed specifically for NPs and PAs, hundreds have registered to take the take the course. While the course was designed for NPs and PAs, it is recommended for all health professionals to learn more about substance use disorders and specifically the prevention, identification, and treatment of opioid use disorders using evidence-based practices.

The course is all online and FREE with continuing education credits. Check out these handy guides for NPs and PAs and MDs on the steps needed to obtain a waiver.

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Buprenorphine County Map Added to CSRS Site

June 1st, 2017

The NC Controlled Substances Reporting System (CSRS) collects controlled substance prescriptions data within 72 hours of being dispensed and makes this information available to prescribers and dispensers. Using this information, the system is able to calculate prescription rates by county. Buprenorphine prescription rates are now available on the map, alongside the four other drug classes (Benzodiazepine, Methadone, Opioid, Stimulant) currently available. More maps will be added in the weeks to come.

View Prescription Rates by County

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Acupuncturists Stick It to Opioids

June 1st, 2017

The last week in May, members of the North Carolina Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine came to the General Assembly building on Jones Street to demonstrate how acupuncture works and talk to lawmakers about how their skills could be useful in the fight against opioid abuse and overdose.

Acupuncture is an accepted treatment worldwide for various clinical conditions, and the effects of acupuncture on opiate addiction have been investigated in many clinical trials. The review below summarizes the quality of study design, the types of acupuncture applied, the commonly selected acupoints or sites of the body, the effectiveness of the treatment, and the possible mechanism underlying the effectiveness of acupuncture in various trials.

Acupuncturists Visit NC General Assembly

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Opiate Addiction: Study

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Critical Treatment Gap Seen in Effort to Stem Opioid Epidemic

May 18th, 2017

Confronted by the gravity of an opioid epidemic that contributes to the deaths of 91 Americans daily, the nation’s physicians are making much greater use of state prescription drug-monitoring programs (PDMPs), reducing opioid prescriptions, and increasing prescriptions for the life-saving antidote naloxone. Tens of thousands of physicians nationwide are now certified to provide office-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid-use disorders, yet there remains a treatment gap that leaves too many patients who want help unable to get it.

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Opioid-Related Deaths Might Be Underestimated: CDC

May 18th, 2017

America’s prescription drug abuse epidemic may be even more deadly than expected, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests. Some opioid-related deaths may be missed when people die from pneumonia and other infectious diseases caused and/or exacerbated by drug abuse. Their death certificates may only list the infection as the cause of death, explained CDC field officer Victoria Hall.

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Data Spotlight: NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME)

May 4th, 2017

The OCME Toxicology Laboratory is accredited by the American Board of forensic Toxicology (ABFT) and performs toxicology testing on all drug-related deaths in North Carolina to assist the pathologist in determining cause and manner of death. The OCME Toxicology Laboratory screens for more than 600 compounds. Based on provisional data, there were 479 fentanyl and/or fentanyl analogue related deaths and 521 heroin related deaths in North Carolina in 2016. The report below shows the breakdown of these deaths by type, month, county and other demographic details.

Current Report from OCME

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