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Wilmington Police Department seizes tens of thousands of dollars in heroin and cash

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WILMINGTON --- Acting on an anonymous report through Text-A-Tip, Wilmington Police Department has seized large amounts of heroin and cash. The Wilmington Police Department's Special Investigation...

Wilmington man gets jail time for selling heroin, cocaine

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Dwayne Burch, 35, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty Monday in New Hanover County Superior Court to one count of trafficking heroin and one count of...

From childhood abuse to adult opioid addiction: a local tale

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Angela Maccarter remembers playing a game called Don’t Wake Daddy. There was a board game by that name, and for most kids, that’s all...

County PSA series highlights seriousness ‘ripple effect’ of opioid epidemic

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https://youtu.be/hUhXuYtuO04 NEW HANOVER COUNTY --- In response to the ongoing opioid epidemic, a new coalition formed by local government agencies has commissioned a series of...

Opioids in the Cape Fear: ‘One of the most frightening issues of our time’

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Editor's note: Welcome to our ongoing series about opioids. We originally planned this as a smaller series, but as the reporting unfolded, so did...

‘Closer to home’ – the cost of the opioid epidemic may be the tip of the iceberg

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Author's Note: This series began with a look at the numbers of the opioid crisis, from arrests to overdoses to the number of prescriptions. Those...
First Lady Nancy Reagan speaking at a "Just Say No" Rally in Los Angeles, 1987. (Courtesy the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

Beyond a ‘war on drugs’ – law enforcement’s modern options in the opioid crisis

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Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the people using...

Man accused of trafficking heroin out of his Murrayville area home

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY --- A recent heroin bust in New Hanover County resulted in the seizure of raw heroin and several hundred bindles ready...

‘Senators’ sons’ – Now that opioid victims look more like lawmakers, what will they do?

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Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic in Wilmington. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the...

Help fight the opioid epidemic at free medication disposal event

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WILMINGTON --- Nearly 80 percent of heroin users start with prescription pills, according to the National Institute on Drug Addiction. Many of those users get...