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Delaware Health Officials Launch App To Help With Overdoses

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SEAFORD, De-Three overdose deaths have occurred in Sussex County within the past five days. 

These overdoses are a total of 50 suspected overdose deaths in Delaware as of yesterday.

But a new app may help drive these numbers down. The app is called OpiRescue Delaware and it provides lifesaving information on how to reverse an overdose. 

According to a Delaware Department of Health and Social Services press release,

"OpiRescue Delaware is a free, state-supported app available for download on all Android and Apple devices. The app contains detailed information on how to recognize signs of an overdose, and includes animations on how to provide rescue breathing and administer naloxone, an overdose-reversing medication. Additionally, individuals can use the app to find the nearest available pharmacy carrying naloxone, which can be purchased without a prescription."

 

People in Sussex County said the app is just what places like Seaford needs. David Baugh, who is the Co-Owner of Square One DE Inc. said, "I think this is very useful because not everyone is going to want to go to a narcan training that may be offered in our community," he said.

"So someone who may be interested in understanding how it works, it is a great tool."

Pastor Dan Southern with Stein Highway Church of God says they work with people suffering from addiction every day. 

"I just recently got word, early this morning that someone very close in our church overdosed," he said. 

"We have to educate our community on what their resources are, put it in their hands, what they need to help individuals that are struggling with substance abuse." 

Kate Brookins with the Department of Public Health says this app is not a substitute for calling 9-1-1 and follow up care is necessary. 

"We understand that there are certain circumstances that might not allow that from a technical perspective, or there are still some individuals unfortunately who are reluctant to call 911."

This app will help people act quickly, potentially save a life, and wait for professional help. 

There is also a feature on the app that allows people to report what drug was taken, where they got the naloxone from, and provide other useful information.

Health officials say this will not be used to track individuals, but to track data and will not be shared. 

 

 

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