St. Matthew Catholic Church Counseling Services: 704-543-7677

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Treatment Services Locator: or 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

National Institute of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse Resources for Patients and Families

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: or 24-hour Hope Line at 1-800-622-2255

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Helpline:
1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373) or

North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan

Narcotics Anonymous:

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry: 


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  • On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. (CDC)
  • In North Carolina, opioid-related deaths increased by over 800% between 1999 and 2016.
  • Union County EMS has had a 600% increase in overdose calls in the last four years.

The current opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history. Overdoses, fueled by opioids, are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old – killing roughly 64,000 people last year, more than guns or car accidents, and doing so at a pace faster than the H.I.V. epidemic did at its peak.


How overdose deaths rippled across the United States.
Credit Haeyoun Park and Matthew Bloch/The New York Times.

If you would like more information on this epidemic click here.