It's More Than Opioids: Polysubstance Use in North Carolina
Date & Time
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Sherani Jagroep, MPH, Public Health Analyst, Atlanta-Carolinas HIDTA
Mary Beth Cox, MPH, Substance Use Epidemiologist, North Carolina Division of Public Health
Scott Proescholdbell, MPH, Head of Injury Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, North Carolina Division of Public Health
Moderator: David Hamby, National Coordinator, National Emerging Threats Initiative, A National HIDTA Initiative, and Member, National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Advisory Board
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In North Carolina, heroin and other synthetic narcotics are now involved in more than 50% of unintentional opioid deaths. Eager to learn more about this increase overdoses due to illicit substances and to better understand any patterns of multidrug use, the state's Division of Public Health analyzed the drug combinations contributing to overdose deaths in the state.
Researchers calculated mortality rates from 2000 to 2016 to identify trends over time. They examined 2016 unintentional deaths involving Rx medication or other drugs, including heroin, methadone, synthetic narcotics, benzodiazepines, cocaine, and alcohol to assess the drug combinations most frequently implicated in overdose deaths in North Carolina. Their data show that rates of cocaine overdose and the involvement of alcohol and benzodiazepines are on the rise in North Carolina. Their results also show varied drug combinations responsible for an overdose, suggesting a need to include polydrug use prevention efforts in our overdose prevention interventions.
UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:
- Describe the changing landscape of substances responsible for overdose deaths in North Carolina.
- Explain the prevalence of polysubstance use among North Carolina residents.
- Discuss the involvement of alcohol in overdose deaths in North Carolina.