North Carolina – Big news recently broke that U.S. life expectancy is in decline in large part because of opioids. North Carolina ranks No. 11 in the country in terms of most opioid sales per capita by state. According to a report release by Consumer Protect here is the current facts about opioid sales nationally:
- From 2000 to 2011, opioid sales tripled from 10.6 kg to 33.9 kg per 100,000 people.
- By 2011, sales began to decline as the epidemic became publicized and crackdowns on “prescription mills” began.
- Sales are down 28% from the peak of 2011, but the national average (24.4 kg) is double what it was in 2000.
Here are current facts about opioid sales in North Carolina:
- 11th in terms of states with the most opioid sales at 31.5 kg per 100,000 people. (Chart 1 below)
- 48th state in reduction of opioid sales (-1.0%) since 2010 when the epidemic became publicized. (Chart 2 below). To put that another way, only 3 states have done less to combat the opioid crisis since 2010.