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Elizabeth Friend

In Orange County and Across the Nation, Heroin Use is on the Rise

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows heroin use is on the rise across the nation. That’s true in Orange County too. A recent undercover drug operation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office netted nearly 700 doses of heroin. Narcotics Investigator Brandon Wilkerson says he wasn’t surprised. “It’s really not new; it’s becoming an epidemic along with the abuse of prescription medications,” says Wilkerson. A study released Tuesday by the CDC shows heroin use increased 63 percent from 2002 through 2013. At the same time, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths has quadrupled. Researchers say the...

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Demolition at U-Square is Underway

Demolition is underway at the newly-named Carolina Square on Franklin Street. Meg McGurk, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Parternship, says big changes are coming. “Those three buildings in the front that are closest to Franklin Street will come down, and then construction of the new buildings will begin.” For decades the downtown strip mall just west of Colombia Street was known as University Square, then later called 123 West Franklin. The new Carolina Square will include 246 apartments, 159,000 square feet of office space and 42,000 square feet of retail as well as one acre of green...

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