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Pharma execs used strip clubs, broke FDA laws to boost opioid sales

Nearly 70,000 Americans die each year from drug overdoses, mostly from opioids. As 60 Minutes has reported, the explosion in both the demand and supply of pharmaceutical opioids began with the aggressive marketing of narcotics to treat chronic pain. Now, we reveal the story of the powerfully addictive, fast-acting opioid, fentanyl.

NCDHHS awarded $2M grant to support mental health response to COVID-19

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support the state’s behavioral health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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State budget stalemate stalls opioid pilot program funding

The state budget stalemate continues to hinder funds for programs right here in Wilmington.

$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker reached a $260 million settlement with two Ohio counties over the deadly havoc wreaked by opioids, just hours before the first federal trial over the crisis was about to begin Monday.
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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.

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