North Carolina Priority Topic Investments

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North Carolina Overdose Investment Snapshot

Combatting the current overdose crisis is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) overdose investments for the state of North Carolina.

There were 91,799 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2020 (28.3 deaths per 100,000 standard population), a stark 30% increase from 2019. Approximately 75% of drug overdose deaths in 2020 involved an opioid, with synthetic opioids (e.g., illicitly manufactured fentanyls) accounting for more than 80% of all opioid-involved deaths. Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids increased by 55% and deaths involving psychostimulants (e.g., methamphetamine) increased by 47% from 2019 to 2020. Drug overdose deaths involving cocaine also increased by 22%.

In 2020 in North Carolina there were:


overdose deaths


overdose deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted)

Source: NVSS – Drug Overdose Deaths

Overdose Funding At A Glance
Overdose Funding At A Glance
North Carolina


FY21 North Carolina Total Overdose Prevention Funding


FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • North Carolina State Award: $6,404,022

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*
  • NC Harm Reduction Coalition Evidence-Building Award: $55,000


*average award amount

Examples of How North Carolina Is Working to Prevent Overdose

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capacity building
Syringe Service Program (SSP) education

North Carolina partnered with local and national organizations in Appalachia to create leadership development and non-profit management training opportunities for people involved in syringe services programs. North Carolina awarded 13 scholarships, enhancing public health capacity within the state.

capacity building
Mini grants for justice-involved organizations

North Carolina funded 18 organizations serving justice-involved individuals with a substance use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic to implement pre-arrest/pre-trial diversion programs and/or re-entry/linkage-to-care programs.

CDC Overdose Prevention Strategies

CDC’s Injury Center plays a critical role in addressing the drug overdose epidemic by driving progress in the five strategic priorities that guide CDC’s response framework for preventing overdoses.

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North Carolina Suicide Prevention Investment Snapshot

Preventing suicide is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) suicide prevention investments for the state of North Carolina.

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for almost 46,000 deaths in 2020, which is about one death every 11 minutes. The number of people who think about or attempt suicide is even higher. In 2020, 12.2 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.2 million planned a suicide attempt, and 1.2 million attempted suicide.

In 2020 in North Carolina there were:


suicide deaths


suicide deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted)

Suicide Prevention Funding At A Glance
Suicide Funding At A Glance
North Carolina


FY21 North Carolina Total Suicide Prevention Funding



FY21 Awards

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention

  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: $870,000
North Carolina's Priorities
Suicide Prevention

North Carolina is preventing suicide with CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) funding by:

  • Strengthening access and delivery of suicide care
  • Creating protective environments
  • Identifying and supporting people at risk

Some groups have higher rates of suicide than others. To address disparities, North Carolina is focusing on:

  • Males
  • People living in rural counties
  • Veterans
  • Youth and young adults ages 10-18 years

This snapshot reflects suicide prevention priorities and activities under Year 1 funding of the Comprehensive Suicide Prevention (CSP) Program. This information is subject to change, as the CSP state recipients are now in Year 2 funding.

Examples of How North Carolina Is Working to Prevent Suicide

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Suicide Prevention Academy

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services created and is running a Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Academy to train community providers to identify individuals at risk, prevent suicide, and build prevention capacity with partners to save lives.

Virtual identification of risk

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services plans to promote use of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention guide to screen for risk of suicide during telemental health visits. Using the guide consistently could help with early identification of those at risk for suicide, thus making telehealth an even more effective tool in suicide prevention.

CDC Suicide Prevention Strategies

Suicide is preventable and there is no single cause, so prevention requires addressing the multiple factors linked to suicide at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels. As such, CDC is leading a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. Such an approach aims to prevent people from becoming suicidal in the first place and support people at increased risk. CDC uses data to track and monitor suicide trends, research possible risks and what works to prevent them, and help communities put proven suicide prevention strategies into place.

CDC’s Suicide Prevention Resource for Action outlines seven strategies that are based on the best available evidence to help communities and states focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent suicide.

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    Strengthen economic supports
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    Create protective environments
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    Improve access and delivery of suicide care
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    Promote healthy connections
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    Teach coping and problem-solving skills
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    Identify and support people at risk
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    Lessen harms and prevent future risk
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    Near Real-Time Surveillance
    Improving surveillance – collecting better and more timely data is also an important strategy to better understand, monitor, and prevent suicide and suicidal behavior. Expanding surveillance of nonfatal suicide-related outcomes (e.g., suicide attempts, suicide ideation) can help improve timeliness of data, identify spikes, and inform prevention and response.

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