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

April 7th, 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. The number of novel compounds detected during screening has risen dramatically in the last two years. The fact sheet below shows the breakdown of positive cases of heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogues in North Carolina.

Fentanyl and Heroin-Related Deaths in North Carolina

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