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US to set up plan allowing prescription drugs from Canada

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will set up a system to allow Americans to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, weakening a longstanding ban that had stood as a top priority for the politically powerful pharmaceutical industry.
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Trump squabbles with Democrats before speech on unity

After two years of bitter partisanship and personal attacks, President Donald Trump will call for unity and cross-party cooperation in Washington during Tuesday's State of the Union address, a message likely to ring hollow with emboldened Democrats eager to block his push for a border wall.
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Whiteville PD, DEA to host drug drop-off this weekend

Whiteville Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are joining forces to collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
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Medication disposal event planned for Saturday, April 1

If you have any medications that need to be safely disposed of, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is holding a free event this Saturday.
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WHY IT MATTERS: Opioid epidemic

More Americans are dying from opioids than at any time in recent history, with overdose deaths hitting a peak of 28,000 in 2014. That amounts to 78 Americans dying from an opioid overdose every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Study: Insurers’ spending on costly meds soared from 2003-14

A new study finds that insurers' spending on very expensive prescription drugs nearly quadrupled in the U.S. from 2003 through 2014, while the number of such prescriptions filled tripled over that stretch.

NHRMC to hold medication disposal event

New Hanover Regional Medical Center wants your old or expired medications. The hospital is hosting a free medication disposal event on Saturday, April 2.
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Lawmakers anxious to hear From Shkreli, but he’s taking 5th

Pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli refused to testify Thursday in an appearance before U.S. lawmakers who excoriated him over severe hikes for a drug sold by a company that he acquired.
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Police: Robbery suspect stole prescriptions from pharmacy

Police are searching for a man who they say stole prescription drugs from an area pharmacy during an armed robbery early Tuesday.

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