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Seaford Drug Coalition Holds Training Sessions

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ACE Center, Seaford (Photo: WBOC) ACE Center, Seaford (Photo: WBOC)

SEAFORD, Del.- The Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition is hosting a series of training sessions to get the community involved in stopping the growing number of heroin users in Seaford.

Sussex County is just one of many areas on Delmarva where heroin addiction is a problem.

Many health officials in Delaware, along with Gov. Jack Markell, have called it an epidemic.

Linda Williams is the recovery education specialist at the ACE Center, a peer resource center in Seaford that helps people struggling with issues such as poverty and drug addiction.

"If you know one person that's died from an overdose or poisonous substance that's too many," she said.

Because of that, SCAPC members hope these training sessions can empower people to fight against the demand of drugs.

"Before we've been trying to change the user, or prevent somebody from becoming a user, and here we're gonna actually try to eliminate the demand," Williams said. "And with so many people in the community being so actively involved, that can change a community."

According the Delaware Division of Health and Social Services, in 2014 there were 204 drug-related deaths, it was lower, at 171 the year before.

Dan Southern is the senior pastor at Stein Highway Church of God and co-chair of the coalition. He said the training sessions are an effort to get the community mobilized to combat heroin use in the area.

"This is an ongoing battle that we're in," he said. "And we're trying to do as much as we can to bring change, to educate people, to empower people, to not only bring the change socially, but to help those who are physically dying on the streets from this uh heroin that is out on the streets."

Tuesday's session is at 10 a.m. at Stein Highway Church of God. There will be follow-up training sessions the first Tuesday of every month.

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