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