Published 3/8/23, Downloaded 5/4/23 by NC DHHS DMH/DD/SAS QM Section
2021: The prevalence rate in NC for adolescents (ages 12-17) is 5.13%. The prevalence rate for young adults (ages 18-25) is 25.32% and for adults (ages 26+) is 11.67%. Total (age 12+) = 12.73%, Total (age 18+) = 13.48%.
Prevalence VS Incidence Definitions: Prevalence is a statistical concept referring to the number of cases of a disease that are present in a particular population at a given time, whereas incidence refers to the number of new cases that develop in a given period of time.
OUD VS Misuse Definitions: Opioid use disorder (OUD) – A problematic pattern of opioid use that causes significant impairment or distress. A diagnosis is based on specific criteria such as unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control use, or use resulting in social problems and a failure to fulfill obligations at work, school, or home, among other criteria. Opioid use disorder is preferred over other terms with similar definitions, “opioid abuse or dependence” or “opioid addiction.”
Opioid Misuse – The use of illegal drugs and/or the use of prescription drugs in a manner other than as directed by a doctor, such as use in greater amounts, more often, or longer than being told to take a drug or using someone else’s prescription.