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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.

Life-saving drug program draws mixed responses

A drug credited with saving lives is now available free to the public in New Hanover County. But is it doing more harm than good?
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Opioid epidemic increasing foster care numbers

A new report by NC child reveals that thousands of children throughout the state were put into the foster care system because of opioids. More than one hundred are in New Hanover County.

North Carolina, 5 other states suing opioid maker Purdue Pharma

North Carolina and five other states are filing new lawsuits accusing a pharmaceutical company of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths.

WPD: Crime rates at historic low in Wilmington

Crime rates are at a historic low while the opioid epidemic continues to rise, that is how Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous is describing the department's 2017 annual report.

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