Opioid Epidemic

  Operation Medicine Drop: Properly disposing your medicine and keeping your kids safe

An event called Operation Medicine Drop gives the community an opportunity to get rid of expired and unused medicines to keep children safe and help the opioid crisis.

  Officials receive update on opioid quick response team

Wilmington City Council carries over consideration of controversial 200-bed group home

  Opioid prescriptions, overdoses down after a year

Local expert discusses FDA’s approval of powerful new opioid

Feds expected to indict doctor accused of running ‘pill mill’

  Rouzer responds to criticism of recent opioid symposium

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  Fatal drug overdoses rising in NC faster than 48 other states, fentanyl partly to blame

Consider This: 'Licensed to Pill' exposes aggressive opioid prescribers

  Inspired by memory of her husband who overdosed, woman overcomes heroin addiction

  Hitting the front lines: Cape Fear Opioid Overdose Response team launches Friday

  Congressman David Rouzer hosts opioid symposium

Pest control worker allegedly steals 700 oxycodone tablets from pharmacy

  Consider this: Bringing awareness to the opioid epidemic

Consider This: Programs like the one being conducted right now by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services help. But it will take effort from each of us individually to help save our future as we continue to combat this epidemic.

Wilmington Planning Commission approves special use permit for group home

The Wilmington Planning Commission unanimously approved a special use permit Wednesday night for a group home on 8.7 acres of property on Medical Center Drive.

  Prosecutors: NC doctor, woman made $3M illegally distributing 1.7M pills

Prosecutors in Columbus County say a Tabor City doctor and his girlfriend were illegally distributing thousands of pills a day and made upwards of $3 million running an extensive "pill mill" operation out of their offices.

  NC doctor, woman arrested following 'pill mill' raid

A doctor has been arrested on suspicion of illegally distributing highly addictive painkillers in what law enforcement officials call a "pill mill" scheme.

  A Wilmington doctor treated a mother's back pain for years. She ended up in detox.

  Consider This: HOPE Act is step in right direction to fight opioid epidemic

  Report: 58 percent of children in foster care in Brunswick Co. in state custody due to parental substance misuse

  Father who lost son to heroin overdose encouraged by HOPE Act

HOPE Act aims to confront NC opioid epidemic

New opioid guidelines have blocked 300,000 pain pills in Wilmington

  Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses up 31% in NC, says new CDC report

Emergency department visits for opioid overdoses increased 31% in North Carolina from July 2016 through September 2017, according to a new study released today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Actor turned addict shares his story of opioid addiction

Over the course of the next two days, a former actor turned opioid addict will be in Wilmington sharing his story of how drugs and alcohol sent his life into a tailspin.

Veterinarians talk new opioid prescription regulation for pets

Under North Carolina's STOP Act, doctors across the state are changing the way they prescribe opioids. According to Associate Doctor Kara Duffy with Atlantic Animal Hospital, veterinarians are now following suit.

NC officials to distribute 40,000 naloxone doses to fight opioid crisis

Governor Roy Cooper announced Friday that nearly 40,000 units of naloxone, a medication used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, will be distributed around North Carolina to help in the fight against opioid-related deaths in the state.

City, county leaders consider suing opioid distributors

In a joint news conference, New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Woody White said commissioners will consider a resolution at their meeting on Monday that allows the county to hire legal counsel.

Gov. Cooper: 'Wilmington area is ground zero' for opioid crisis

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper attended drug overdose prevention training for law enforcement and held a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis Thursday morning.

New Hanover County releases fourth opioid PSA

In the fourth of six public service announcements, New Hanover County's Communications and Outreach Department has a message of hope for people affected by the country's opioid epidemic.

Opioid treatment centers hope declaration will bring relief

Opioid treatment centers in Wilmington hope the opioid epidemic will ease in the city after President Donald Trump declared the crisis a "national emergency."

VIDEO: New Hanover Co. releases next video on the opioid crisis

New Hanover County's Communications and Outreach Department has released the second of six videos aimed to raise awareness of the local opioid crisis and its impact on the community.