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Drug overdose

Six more people died from suspected overdoses in the First State over the past five days, bringing the total to 133 for this year.


According to the Department of Health and Social Services, Delaware saw four overdose deaths over the weekend, one on Monday and one Tuesday. The growing number is making health officials rethink their strategies. 


Fentanyl suspected in string of six overdose deaths

Jul 28, 2017

Delaware saw a string of six overdose deaths over the past three weeks. Five were in New Castle County and one was in Sussex.

Is Trump crippling response to opioid epidemic?

Jun 2, 2017

Fentanyl and federal funding cuts to addiction treatment programs are hurting Delaware’s fight against the opiate epidemic.


That’s according to Dr. Terry Horton, chief of Christiana Care’s Division of Addiction Medicine.



Over the weekend – two Delawareans died of opioid overdoses in Sussex County.


Delaware saw an alarming uptick in overdose-related deaths in 2016, and about one-third are fentanyl-related.


And that’s why people like Dave Humes, a board member on Delaware’s atTAck addiction, want to see an increase in education about opioids and access to care.


Humes’ son, Greg, overdosed on heroin five years ago.


In 2012, the First State saw only 15 overdose deaths involving fentanyl. That number soared to 42 deaths in 2015.


Delaware’s two U.S. senators are taking their Republican counterparts to task for not funding legislation to help fight the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic.


Delaware’s Department of Justice announced Thursday that it’s providing funds to state law enforcement agencies to purchase approximately 450 naloxone kits.

Administration of naloxone can save the lives of people who have overdosed on heroin or other opioids.  

The state has increased the availability of the drug for law enforcement and emergency medical providers over the past two years, but cost of the drug has been prohibitive.

State officials are trying to tighten down regulations controlling how - and how often - Delaware doctors can prescribe opioid painkillers.


  A report from the Centers for Disease Control released this week shows that life expectancy for white women has dropped for the first time since the government began tracking these numbers.


Between 2013 and 2014, the life expectancy for non-Hispanic females nationwide decreased by one month, from 81.2 years to 81.1 years.


Data from the Delaware Health Statistics Center shows the life expectancy of white women in the First State dropped by the same amount during that period.