Focus Area: Addiction & Overdose
North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Alison is the epidemiologist for the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (NC OCME). She is responsible for tracking all deaths investigated by the medical examiner system in North Carolina. In her position, she is focused on assuring the quality of data collected by the medical examiner system with the goal of providing accurate and timely data to local, state, and national entities such as the Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) at the University of North Carolina, Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AC-HIDTA), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). She is also responsible for producing the annual report and special reports intended to highlight emerging trends, such as the rapid rise in deaths involving fentanyl analogues.
The North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (NC OCME) oversees the operations of the state’s entire medical examiner system which investigates all sudden, unexpected, and violent deaths in North Carolina. As an agency within the North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH), the NC OCME works to promote and contribute to the highest possible level of health for the people of North Carolina and works with other public health partners to inform public health initiatives.