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Opioid use is an epidemic in the Cape Fear area and one local group is working to change that.
Police have started carrying new protection for their K-9 partners: naloxone, a drug that has long been used to reverse opioid overdoses in humans.
The New Hanover County Health Department recently received $98,000 worth of Naloxone.
The Wilmington Police Department just received a large batch of medication to help reverse an opioid overdose.
It is a gesture to help fight a growing crisis. The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners accepted a donation Monday afternoon aimed at reducing opioid overdoses across the Cape Fear.
Opioid abuse is a growing problem across the nation and Wilmington is at the top of the list.
The opioid crisis has led health officials to search for new and innovative ways to save lives, with many state officials focusing on giving more people, including first responders and community members, access to a life-saving opioid antidote called naloxone.
Authorities say a North Carolina man overdosed on heroin behind the wheel while his one-year-old child was in the car.
More Americans are dying from opioids than at any time in recent history, with overdose deaths hitting a peak of 28,000 in 2014. That amounts to 78 Americans dying from an opioid overdose every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.