Opioid Epidemic

‘We’re not alone’ - ‘Sesame Street’ tackles addiction crisis

Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo’s whose mother is battling addiction. The initiative is part of the Sesame Street in Communities resources available online.

NC Attorney General, WECT to host opioid town hall meeting

  North Carolina officials cite drop in opioid overdose deaths

Opioid lawsuit win sets precedent for NHC litigation

  Father of son who died from an overdose reacts to passing of Death by Distribution bill

  Cooper signs bills addressing drug dealers, missing persons

  Opioid quick response team receives another year of funding

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  Coastal Horizons gets $200K federal grant to aid opioid addiction treatment

  Board approves 100-bed substance abuse treatment facility for women

  New Hanover County Board of Commissioners vice chair proposes 100-bed substance abuse recovery facility for women

FDA issues warning to Wilmington company selling kratom

Board approves New Hanover Co. fiscal year budget; $116M slated for public schools

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

  Proposed bill would toughen penalties for criminals who target pharmacies with intent to steal opioids

A former sheriff, a pharmacist and a doctor are all coming together to fight the opioid epidemic from the state house.

NJ woman sentenced in NC for using children to traffic heroin

A multi-agency, long term investigation revealed Cherelle Hills was part of a network that was trafficking heroin from Camden, NJ to Brunswick County and other areas in between.

  Officials receive update on opioid quick response team

Coastal Horizons and the City of Wilmington teamed up last August to fight the ongoing crisis by launching a new pilot program called Cape Fear Opiate Overdose Quick Response Team (CFOOQRT).

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

Wilmington City Council voted to once again carry over discussion of the Healing Place — the fourth continuance of the issue since it passed the Wilmington Planning Commission in August.

  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

  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

There is no shortage of overdose stories in our area. Yvette Barbour could have been one of those stories. Her husband, Michael Barbour, is. He lost his battle with heroin addiction three months ago.

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

The new opiate overdose response team is the next line of defense in the opioid epidemic that has plagued the Cape Fear Region.

  Congressman David Rouzer hosts opioid symposium

Congressman David Rouzer hosted an opioid symposium Monday evening at the Coastline Convention Center in Wilmington.

Pest control worker allegedly steals 700 oxycodone tablets from pharmacy

A pest control worker allegedly stole 700 oxycodone tablets from a Columbus County pharmacy while working at the drug store.

  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.

For nearly eight years, a Wilmington doctor treated a woman who sought his help for her lower back pain. But after years of being prescribed high doses of highly-addictive narcotics, the mother of four was involuntarily admitted for addiction detoxification.

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

The HOPE act would help to give law enforcement additional tools and resources to help combat this epidemic.

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

In 2017, more than 16,500 children in the state lived in Department of Social Services custody.

  Father who lost son to heroin overdose encouraged by HOPE Act

Wilmington resident Bob McBride picked up his son, Josh, a treatment center on May 12, 2016. The two spent the day together, went to the mall and enjoyed a few laughs, all before the unthinkable happened.

HOPE Act aims to confront NC opioid epidemic

State lawmakers unveiled a new bill Wednesday aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic in North Carolina. State Attorney General Josh Stein met with law enforcement representatives in Wilmington Thursday morning to go over details of the bill.

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

New Hanover Regional Medical Center said Thursday in a press release that its opioid prescription guidelines have stopped about 300,000 pain pills from being given to patients over the last four months.

  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.