FACTSHEET: How Expanding Access to Medicaid Helps North Carolina Address Substance Use Disorders and the Opioid Crisis

By Ciara Zachary
Policy Analyst, Health Advocacy Project
May 2017

Medicaid has been noted as one of the most effective tools in health coverage policy to combat crises linked to substance use disorders (SUD) and the opioid epidemic. North Carolina has one of the highest rates of drug-related deaths in the nation and, what’s more, four cities in the state are ranked in the top 20 for opioid use.

In addition to the opioid crisis there is an ongoing, unmet need for treatment and services for individuals with other SUD concerns and behavioral health disorders. Expanding Medicaid access is one proven way to strengthen North Carolina’s approach to address SUD and the opioid epidemic’s treatment needs.

 

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