NC Division of Public Health Releases their Annual Report to the NC Medical Society

October 29th, 2015

NC Division of Public Health (October 2015)

This report serves a statutory requirement and is structured around North Carolina’s state health improvement plan, Healthy North Carolina 2020. Healthy NC 2020 is a state health improvement plan with state specific, measurable objectives that were developed with the best available data and evidence. The objectives related to substance use are listed below.

 

Substance Abuse Healthy NC 2020 Objectives:

  • Reduce the percentage of high school students who had alcohol on one or more of the past 30 days
  • Reduce the percentage of traffic crashes that are alcohol-related
  • Reduce the percentage of individuals aged 12 years and older reporting any illicit drug use in the past 30 days

 

What Medical Providers Can Do:

  • Continue in their vital role in assessing patients for alcohol usage and encouraging them to drink in moderation and to be safe when drinking.
  • Help establish and promote safe opioid prescribing guidelines by attending existing training for providers who prescribe controlled substances.
  • Encourage and promote registration in and use of the N.C. Controlled Substance Reporting System (CSRS).
  • Consider signing standing orders for local pharmacists seeking to dispense naloxone to those at risk or friends, family members and others.
  • Promote policies in their practices that create a comprehensive overdose prescription model (e.g., universal CSRS use, knowledge of treatment options and Emergency Department policies).
  • Since heroin deaths have tripled in the last several years and are now likely to reach over 200 deaths in 2014, assess patients for overdose risk from all types of medications and drugs.

Click here to view the entire report.

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