Del. Overdose Deaths Reach Monthly High In May 2022

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Delaware health officials are concerned that more lives may be lost at a faster rate due to overdose connected to deadly fentanyl or the increasing use of cocaine.According to Delaware Health and Social Services, 42 people died in May of suspected overdoses, based on findings from the Delaware Division of Forensic Science. That is a…

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

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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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Wicomico Co. Addresses Addiction, Overdose Challenges

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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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Health Survey Goes Out To Selected Del. Households

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Delaware Public Health has begun a series of community assessments to get a better understanding of the concerns and needs of Delawareans during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to improve overall health of Delawareans in the future. DPH and the University of Delaware Partnership for Healthy Communities and Epidemiology Program will conduct the survey. Households have…

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Atlantic General Will Open Walk-In Behavioral Health Center

Atlantic General joins community partners to celebrate the establishment of the new Crisis Center with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
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Atlantic General Hospital will soon open the first Walk-In Behavioral Health Crisis Center in Worcester County. It will serve as a sort of urgent care facility for people in need of treatment or evaluation of acute mental health issues or substance use-related illness. A grant-funded partnership with TidalHealth Peninsula Regional Hospital and more than a…

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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.
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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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Del. Allocates Funds From Opioid Impact Fee

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Delaware has begun to distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars collected through an opioid impact fee that the state began to charge makers of opioids that are sold in Delaware under a law that was signed in June 2019. $700-thousand have now been allocated to several programs that help people who struggle with addiction issues…

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