Delaware Public Media


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.

James Morrison / Delaware Public Media

Gov. John Carney signed a bill Thursday that will make it easier to buy the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone at your neighborhood pharmacy.  

A U.S. District court has sentenced three brothers up to nine years in prison for selling enough fentanyl to kill hundreds of people.


Six dead in Delaware's latest overdose spike

Jun 1, 2017

Delaware saw another spike in opiate overdoses this week. And six people are now dead.


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

Four overdose deaths in five hours in NCCo

Mar 27, 2017

New Castle County Police are investigating what appears to be four heroin-related overdose deaths in a span of five hours.



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.