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Commissioner shares personal opioid story

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says, in the last 10 years, 243 people lost their lives in New Hanover County to opioids. 
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Oklahoma judge finds Johnson & Johnson fueled opioid crisis, orders $572M payment

An Oklahoma judge has found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state's opioid drug crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to help address the problem.
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Anchor Initiative Program helping addicts overcome substance abuse addiction

From opioid addition to other highly-addictive drugs, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is taking a new approach to help people overcome illicit drug use.

Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling

U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest.

Deputies: Whiteville City Schools employee arrested on drug charges

The Columbus County Sheriff's Office says they arrested two people on narcotics charges, including one Whiteville City Schools employee.

Jury convicts driver who had to be revived with Narcan in crash that killed...

A jury has convicted a Wilmington man on multiple charges in a car crash that killed a 2-year-old boy.
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Trial: Murder suspect tested positive for drugs following crash

The trial of the man accused of crashing into a family's car and killing a 2-year-old continued Wednesday in New Hanover County. Jonathan Hayes was allegedly high on opioids at the time. 
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Life After Addiction: Former addict shares how opioids nearly destroyed her

Krista Turner started experimenting with dangerous drugs like hallucinogens when she was in her teens and her struggle with drug addiction continued about 10 years.

Emails: Purdue executive cast blame on opioid victims

A member of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, maker of the painkiller OxyContin, cast blame on victims of the opioid epidemic in nearly 20-year-old emails, saying "abusers aren't victims," according to a court filing announced Tuesday in Connecticut.

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