1st Listening Forum on Opioid Abuse Treatment Funding Tonight in Georgetown


Addressing the opioid epidemic in Delaware…The state’s newly-established Prescription Opioid Settlement Fund Distribution Commission is seeking the views of Delawareans on how to support treatment and prevention programs and reduce opioid use disorder and the misuse of opioids.Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long and Attorney General Kathy Jennings will begin a series of statewide listening forums tonight…

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Del. Bill Seeks To Set Standards Of Care At Recovery Houses


New Delaware legislation seeks to set a standard of care for recovery houses… places people turn to for treatment for substance use disorder.The bill (HB 421) would codify standards for recovery houses to be designated ‘certified.’ Non-certified recovery houses would be able to continue to operate, but would be subject to restrictions in getting state…

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Sat. Apr. 30th Is Drug Take-Back Day


Overdoses continue to claim lives: Delaware health officials said suspected overdose deaths rose by 15% in 2021.Expired or unused medications around the house could get into the wrong hands, and the 22nd DEA TakeBack Day is an opportunity to safely dispose of meds. Many local police departments will be open to accept unwanted medications –…

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Wicomico Co. Addresses Addiction, Overdose Challenges


Wicomico County is staying vigilant in its efforts to address the opioid epidemic, as local overdose numbers rise.The local health department, the Opioid Intervention Team, elected officials and members of law enforcement and emergency services recently met for a strategy session. “Although we cannot be sure what has specifically contributed to the increase in overdoses…

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Del. Construction Industry Makes Naloxone Available To Workers, Supervisors

John Robinson (left) and Anne Carr of the DPH Office of Health Crisis Response train a group of Bancroft Construction workers Nov. 18, on the use of Narcan, a medication that can reverse the effects of opioids in an overdose situation and can potentially save a life. DPH has partnered with the construction industry to provide substance use disorder resources and training for workers.

A partnership between Delaware Public Health and the construction industry has made the overdose-reversing medication Narcan available to construction workers at a University of Delaware construction site in Newark. It may be just the beginning. Construction supervisors are also getting training about overdose, stigma associated with addition, and training in how to use the medication.…

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Prescription Drug Takeback Day Is Saturday


Old, expired and unused medications can be safely disposed of during the 21st Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday. Numerous law enforcement agencies are taking part in the twice-yearly event. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, last April in Delaware more than 5,100 pounds of medications were collected at 25 locations. The chief purpose of…

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VIDEO : Md. Expands Efforts To Meet Heroin / Opioid Crisis


Operation Save a Life, a Maryland initiative to increase access to the overdose-reversing medication naloxone, is being expanded. Governor Larry Hogan joined Worcester Goes Purple Warriors Against Addiction Tuesday in Ocean City to talk about the launching of the Maryland Stop Overdose Strategy. Jolly Roger Amusement Park will keep supplies of naloxone in its ticket…

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Del. Introduces Recovery Referral Portal


Delawareans in search of information and resources about substance use disorder or mental health treatment can find it through a new online platform. The Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health worked with a national technology company to develop the online Behavioral Health Referral Portal. Features include a self-assessment tool, a searchable database of…

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Md. Budget Supports Addiction Resources Locally


Local programs that see first-hand the effects of the opioid addiction and overdose crisis are getting support in the Maryland fiscal year 2021 budget. Allocations include nearly $184,000 to support the legal needs of children and families who have been impacted by the opioid crisis. Nearly $179,000 will go towards a behavioral health coordinator, youth…

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