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Illegal prescription drug use on the rise

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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Local law enforcement agents say prescription drug trafficking is becoming an epidemic. Nearly 75 percent of all drug cases in Brunswick County involve prescription medication.

Brunswick drug agents say the trafficking, or diversion of these drugs, is topping that of heroin and cocaine. “When it’s used inappropriately or not prescribed to that person it’s actually illegal,” said Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram.

One undercover drug agent in Brunswick County who told us the prescription drug trafficking epidemic can be compared to the crack epidemic of the 80’s.

People are getting pills two different ways, drug dealers are forging “scripts” and then turning the pills into a powder or liquid and selling them. Other drug dealers are simply stealing medications from the person they were prescribed for.

“They’re not candy, and they have good and bad effects depending on the person,” said pharmacist Hal King.

Prescription drug trafficking is an issue in neighboring Columbus County as well. Sheriff Chris Batten says it’s a growing problem. “In Columbus County we are seeing prescription drug usage and abuse surpassing the cocaine usage.”

If convicted, prescription drug dealers can be charged like a heroin dealer and can face up to 200 months in prison.

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videoLocal law enforcement agents say prescription drug trafficking is becoming an epidemic. Nearly 75 percent of all drug cases in Brunswick County involve prescription medication.

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Sailor from Wilmington among 5 killed in Iraq by U.S. sergeant

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

A Wilmington sailor is among five comrades shot and killed Monday by a U.S. sergeant finishing his third tour of Iraq.

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Rob Spainhour to be new principal at Pender High School

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Whether Rob Spainhour is preaching from the pulpit or presiding as principal, the newly-named head of Pender High School has always had a passion for education.

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UNCW Marine Science gets a boost from NOAA

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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UNCW’s Marine Science program is growing. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is putting up $22 million to fund research, and a brand new research center in Florida. The center will be a joint effort between UNC-Wilmington and Florida Atlantic University.

Daniel Baden, the Director of the UNCW Center for Marine Science, said the center’s mission is “Notion to Ccean”. “It’s actually having the notion and taking it to the ocean,” he said. “Having an idea of what is possible, designing the high technology equipment, executing the research NOAA can actually use it for their work.”

UNCW will likely see $11 million dollars over the course of the five years.

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UNCW’s Marine Science program is growing. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is putting up $22 million to fund research, and a brand new research center in Florida.

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Wilmington taxi driver robbed at gunpoint

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

A taxi driver was robbed by two men with a gun early Tuesday in a mobile home park on Greenville Loop Road, a Wilmington police report said.

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