North Carolina Drug Detox Centers

North Carolina has the 30th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States. The number of drug overdose deaths, the majority of which are due to prescription drug abuse, have doubled since 1999, according to the Trust for America’s Health. Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem affecting millions of Americans.

Fifty Americans die every day from prescription drug overdoses, and more than 6 million suffer from prescription abuse disorders, according to a new report, Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic.

North Carolina is taking many important steps to curb prescription drug abuse, including a mandatory Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. The state also passed tough laws to crack down on “doctor shopping” and prohibit patients from withholding information about prior prescriptions from their healthcare provider. Additionally, healthcare providers must physically examine patients or have a bona fide patient-physician relationship before prescribing a controlled substance.

North Carolina’s “Good Samaritan Laws” provide a degree of immunity or mitigation of sentencing for individuals seeking to help themselves or others who are experiencing an overdose. The state’s rescue drug laws also expand access naloxone, a prescription drug that can counteract an overdose. North Carolina also permits a pharmacist to require an ID prior to dispensing a controlled substance. Finally, North Carolina’s Lock-in Program, which operates under the state’s Medicaid plan, forces individuals who are suspected of misusing controlled substances to use a single prescriber and pharmacy.

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