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Maker of OxyContin agrees to $270M settlement in Oklahoma

The maker of OxyContin and the company's controlling family agreed Tuesday to pay a groundbreaking $270 million to Oklahoma to settle allegations they helped create the nation's deadly opioid crisis with their aggressive marketing of the powerful painkiller.

Clinic accused of ‘liberally’ prescribing unneeded opioids

A pain management clinic with facilities in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina is accused of "liberally" prescribing unnecessary opioid painkillers.

Legislators advance tougher penalties for pharmacy break-ins

Some North Carolina lawmakers want more severe punishments for breaking into a building to steal drugs from a pharmacy.

Local leader pushes to raise penalty for pharmacy break-ins

A proposed bill supported by Representative Carson Smith aims to crack down on pharmacy break-ins.
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NHRMC sees significant drop in opioid prescriptions, overdoses in one year

Community physicians and New Hanover Regional Medical Center have reported a reduction of opioid prescriptions by almost 20 percent.

Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to US

Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

US health chief says overdose deaths beginning to level off

The number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic, health secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday, cautioning it's too soon to declare victory.
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Program launched to help pregnant women, new moms with opioid use

When it comes to the opioid epidemic there are many different fronts to tackle. New Hanover County announced a new partnership with the non-profit Tides.
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Doctor facing drug charges after raid at Tabor City medical clinic

A raid in Tabor City targeting a doctor's office and home.

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