Opioid Epidemic Combating North Carolina's Opioid Crisis Due to decades of prescribing more opioids at higher doses, North Carolina is experiencing an opioid epidemic. From 1999 to 2016 more than 12,000 North Carolinians died from opioid-related overdoses. This epidemic is devastating families and communities. It is overwhelming medical providers and is straining prevention and treatment efforts. To tackle this health crisis, the NC Department of Health and Human Services is working to connect people with preventative healthcare, substance use disorder treatment and community supports. This is a complex issue requiring partnership from many sectors and is an effort that needs to be supported through funding and resources to be successful. Learn more below about how North Carolina and its partners are working to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 20 percent by 2021. To learn more about how NC is overpowering the opioid epidemic, please visit the More Powerful website. If you or a loved one need help for addiction, resources are available. Call 911 in the case of a medical emergency. Information for Dental Patients Safe ways to manage pain after dental treatments. What Are Opioids? Definitions and examples of opioids. Opioid Action Plan NC's strategies to turn the tide. Syringe and Naloxone Access Learn about syringe exchange and the use of naloxone. Treatment How to get help. First Responders Information on fentanyl safety. Providers How providers can help. News The latest on NC's efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Data Statistics on the opioid crisis. How to Get Connected and Involved Resources for partner involvement. Cures Act Grant How the $31 million grant is being used in NC. Essential Action Toolkit Essential Actions to Address the Opioid Epidemic NC Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse Advisory Committee A community for people working to address the opioid epidemic. Opioid Action Plan Data Dashboard Provides integration and visualization of state, regional and county level metrics.