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Delaware Health Officials Release Drug Opioid Report

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DELAWARE- Overdoses continue to plague the entire country, and that includes the First State. 

Last year, officials report that 400 people died of drug overdoses in Delaware.

But health officials are doing their part to see that those numbers continue to go down.

Delaware’s Drug Overdose Fatality Review Commission has released its first report that analyzed over 50 overdose deaths that occurred in 2018.

The document reviewed cases in Kent, New Castle and Sussex counties, and statistics show seventy-nine percent of the overdoses reviewed occurred in a residence. 

Additionally, in over 90 percent of the fatalities Naloxone was not available during the overdose. 

The commission makes multiple recommendations throughout the report to state leaders on how to decrease the number of overdoses in Delaware.

Many hospitals throughout the first state say they are already implementing a lot of these plans, like recommending patients receive long-term addiction and mental health counseling, among many others. 

Kevin Bristowe, with Beebe Healthcare, says Beebe is already working with state leaders on some of these plans. 

"We see older patients in their 60s, 70s, 80s, that are addicted to medications, that buy medications off the street," he said. "So it's not an illness of the young, it's not an illness of the poor, it's an illness of everybody."

These recommendations are set to be reviewed by the governor and the Delaware General Assembly for consideration. 

 

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