North Carolina Substance Abuse


North Carolina is located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is the 9th most populous and 28th largest of the 50 United States. In the north direction, the state is bordered by Virginia, in the east side by Atlantic Ocean, in the south it is bordered by Georgia and South Carolina, and to the west it is bordered by Tennessee. The largest city of the state is Charlotte, whereas its capital is Raleigh. North carolina is the largest banking center in the USA after NewYork and it is the 23rd most populous state.

These are the top cities in Alabama:

S.NoName of the citiesPopulationLatitude/Longitude
1Charlotte827,09733.521 / -86.802
2Raleigh451,06635.772 / -78.639
3Greensboro285,34236.073 / -79.792
4Durham257,63635.994 / -78.899
5Winston-Salem241,21836.1 / -80.244

Most commonly abused drugs

  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • Other Drugs
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Methamphetamine

Substance Abuse Statistics

  • Since 1999, the opioid overdose has been tripled in the state.
  • In 2015, for drug abuse about 33,000 people were treated.
  • Around 5% of people in North Carolina were suffering from some sort of addiction(how to help an addict)
  • In 2015, nearly 49,599 residents of North Carolina were arrested on drunk and drive issue.
  • Due to the consumption of prescription, illicit, and over-the-counter drugs medications were the major reason for about 92% of unintentional poisoning deaths in the state
  • About 41% of high school students who were in grades 9 to 12 reported marijuana use at least once in their life in 2015.
  • In the years from 2006-2013, an average of about 64% of people in the state did not receive any kind of treatment.
  • In a single day count on 2015 for enrollment in drug and alcohol treatment center, in the total people enrolled about 51.1% seeks treatment only for drug problem, For both drug and alcohol treatment about 34.8% of people were admitted and for only alcohol abuse treatment about 14.1% of people enrolled.

Cocaine Abuse

  • About 5% of high school students from grade 9 through 12 report using cocaine at least once in their lifetime.
  • Among the adults in North Carolina, Cocaine is found to be the most commonly abused drug among the adults.
  • Cocaine is responsible for 291 overdose death rates in the state, both powdered and crack cocaine. This statistic has been tripled since 2013, according to a statistic recorded on 2015.
  • Most dangerously abused drug in the state is crack cocaine, about 7% of the residents who age between 18-35 reported using it once in their lifetime.

Opioid Abuse

  • Overdose deaths related to heroin has been increased by 884% since 2010 in North Carolina.
  • For a decade the overdose death rates has been topped due to the usage of prescription opioid painkillers in 2008 and this continues to increase from then.
  • In the past one year about 5% of adolescents(aged 12-17) have recorded the use of pain relievers for non medical purposes.
  • Since the pain management protocols has changed in the late 1980s, the opioid prescription rate by physicians has been increased tenfold times.

Alcohol Abuse

  • Alcohol intoxication was responsible for 30 percent of traffic fatalities in the state of North Carolina in 2015
  • In 2015, about 30% of traffic fatalities were take place due to Alcohol intoxication in the state
  • High School students in the state of about 14% were reported of having their first drink before the age of 13 in North Carolina.
  • In 2015, costs incurred as a result of alcohol addiction or alcoholism in the state topped $7 billion. These costs are shared by the state, local municipalities and individuals.

Substance abuse treatment

  • Nearly 39917 people receive treatment for substance abuse disorder in 2015
S.NoName of the drugNumber people received treatmentPercentage
5Other Substances18105%

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Substance abuse is the major problem of the state, the government takes many measures to help the people to overcome addiction and leads them to have a sober lifestyle. You can check out the list of treatment centers nearby your area on addiction, feel free to call us for an assessment.

Current captions about Drug abuse in North Carolina


Nearly 457000 people are struggling with alcohol addiction.


About 1,932 lost their lives due to opioid overdose


In 2013, 561 meth labs were busted

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