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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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Local 4-H launches family empowerment program to combat opioid crisis

If you'd like to take part in the program you can attend their weekly meetings Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. in the community room at the Nir Family YMCA.

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.
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Farm Bill leads to CBD stores popping up in Wilmington

Cannabidiol or CBD seems to be all the rage lately. But what exactly is it supposed to treat, and how effective is it?

Police: Florida man stole laxatives thinking they were painkillers

A Florida man is behind bars after stealing what he thought were Hydrocodone pills, but which turned out to actually be over-the-counter laxatives and not powerful prescription opioids, according to a criminal complaint.
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His family wanted opioid treatment, he did not get it, and he died

The family says they were denied the one thing they believe their father needed the most, prescription painkillers. Now they want to share his story and spread the awareness.
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Bloomberg announces $50 million to fight opioid epidemic

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation's opioid epidemic.
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New data show drug overdose deaths, suicides climbed at alarming rates in 2017

Overdoses are an all-too-frequent problem in our region because of opioid abuse. The Wilmington area is no stranger to the opioid epidemic.  It was once called the epicenter of the crisis.

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