North Carolina

How does your state measure up when it comes to establishing policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition?

Harm Reduction

Does the state permit access to clean syringes for people who inject drugs?

  • YES

Does the state have naloxone training & distribution programs available to the public at syringe exchange programs or other facilities?

  • YES

Does the state have a 911 Good Samaritan law?

  • YES

Does the state have legal methadone access?

  • YES


Are marijuana possession and use legal for medical purposes?

  • NO

What are the criminal penalties for marijuana possession?

Criminal Justice

How many people are arrested for a drug offense each year? 

  • 42,489

What are the racial disparities in arrest rates?

  • Total population (2011): 72.3% white, 22.6% black, 5.1% other.
    Drug arrests (2011): 49.2% white, 49.3% black.

What happens to people’s voting rights when they become part of the criminal justice system?

  • People with felony convictions may vote upon completion of all supervised release.

Statement from Detective Gary Martin in support of North Carolina's Good Samaritan Bill

Detective Gary Martin of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office championed Florida's Good Samaritan bill.  Here, he descibes the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Dept.'s findings on local drug overdose deaths and explains his support for Good Samaritan policies from a law enforcement perspective.

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