N.C. DHHS gets nearly $1 million to prevent overdoses

ivpLogoSmall-DarkShiftRALEIGHThe N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that it has received $939,000 in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent overdose deaths related to prescription opioids.

The funding, which will go to DHHS’s Public Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, is part of the Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States program. The program awards funding to states to support prescription drug monitoring programs, improvements to opioid prescribing practices, prevention efforts at the state and community level, and rapid response projects” to address new and emerging problems related to prescription drug overdose

“We have an opportunity to really impact the overdose epidemic that North Carolina communities are experiencing by better coordinating state and county efforts,” said Dr. Ruth Petersen of the Division of Public Health. “In 2014, we had more than 1,000 overdose deaths, mostly driven by prescription opioid medications and increased heroin use.”

North Carolina’s participation in the Prevention for States program is part of CDC’s efforts to provide resources and support to advance comprehensive state-level interventions for preventing prescription drug overuse, misuse, abuse and overdose in participating states.