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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.

Suicides, opioid overdose deaths push US life expectancy lower

The average U.S. life expectancy fell in 2017 as suicide and drug overdose rates continue to rise, according to three government reports released Thursday.
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Rouzer to hold meeting to spotlight best practices in opioid fight

Like many cities across the country, North Carolina is wrangling to stretch available resources to prevent and treat people impacted by the prevalence of opioids.
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Tabor City doctor, office manager facing more drug charges

A Columbus County doctor and his office manager girlfriend made $3 million during their "pill mill" operation, according to prosecutors.

US hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage

There is another opioid crisis happening in the U.S., and it has nothing to do with the overdose epidemic: Hospitals are frequently running out of widely used injected painkillers.

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.

Walmart to restrict opioids to 7-day supply for some

Walmart and Sam's Club's pharmacies will limit some customers to a seven-day supply of opioids, as the retail giant moves to help stem the epidemic that kills more than 100 Americans a day.

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