In 2021, Onslow County experienced 58 Opioid-related deaths in the County representing the highest number of deaths recorded related to Opioids since the year 2000. The Onslow County Strategic Opioid Advanced Response (SOAR) task force is multidisciplinary and has worked to further the prevention of substance misuse in Onslow County.
A task force was created to identify the gaps and needs in the County’s Treatment/Prevention/Intervention Continuum. Results would be used to make recommendations to the Onslow County Commissioners to fund Opioid-related services that met the County’s need to strengthen its continuum of Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction (AODA) care and met the requirements of the Opioid Settlement MOA.
The settlement funds will be released to the NC Counties using a formula based upon the number of Opioid deaths, Opioid overdoses, population, and number of Opioid prescription issues in the County. The funds have been allocated to all 100 counties as well as 17 municipalities and payment began in 2022 and will continue for the subsequent 18 years.
North Carolina State Resouces
The Community Opioid Resources Engine for North Carolina is a collaborative partnership between the NC Department of Justice, the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the NC Association of County Commissioners, and the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. CORE-NC provides more information on a state level regarding Opioid Settlement Funds.
To address the overdose crisis, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services worked with community partners to develop North Carolina's Opioid and Substance Use Action Plan. The Opioid and Substance Use data dashboard provides integration and visualization of state, regional, and county-level metrics for partners across North Carolina to track progress toward reaching the goals outlines in the NC OSUAP.