NC opioid overdose deaths dropped for the first time in five years.
“Since [North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan/Opioid Action Plan 2.0] was launched in 2017, opioid dispensing has decreased by 24 percent. Prescriptions for drugs used to treat opioid use disorders increased by 15 percent in that time frame, and opioid use disorder treatment specifically for uninsured and Medicaid beneficiaries is up by 20 percent. There were nearly 10 percent fewer emergency department visits for opioid overdoses in 2018 than in 2017.”
Approximately 95% of the students who participate in collegiate recovery programs maintain their recovery.
As individuals continue to mature between the ages 13 to 21 years, the likelihood of lifetime substance misuse drops 4–5% for each year that initiation of substance use is delayed.
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