Opioid Epidemic

Local expert discusses FDA’s approval of powerful new opioid

WECT’s Frances Weller interviewed Kenny House from Coastal Horizons on Wednesday afternoon’s News Now about the drug, which can only be given in hospitals and is meant for those who can’t take medication intravenously.

  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

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  Consider this: Bringing awareness to the opioid epidemic

Wilmington Planning Commission approves special use permit for group home

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

NC doctor, woman arrested following 'pill mill' raid

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

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

Actor turned addict shares his story of opioid addiction

Veterinarians talk new opioid prescription regulation for pets

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

City, county leaders consider suing opioid distributors

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

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.