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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.

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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NHRMC sees drop in overdose patients in the Emergency Room

The opioid epidemic continues to be an issue in the Cape Fear. It's a problem Wilmington's New Hanover Regional Medical Center is addressing, head on.

Police seize, spill FL man’s ashes after mistaking them for heroin, family says

When police in Manchester, Maine responded to a car crash last weekend, they used Narcan to revive the unresponsive driver from a suspected opioid overdose and seized a powdery substance found in the glove compartment.

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