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Six Overdoses Has Delaware Urging People to Seek Treatment

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- After six recent deaths over Labor Day weekend, Delaware Public Health officials are urging drug addicts and their families to seek immediate treatment and to acquire the overdose-reversing medication naloxone. 

Authorities say the suspected overdose deaths happened in Sussex and New Castle counties between Friday and Sunday.           

Preliminary data also show that officials in Sussex County responded to 25 suspected overdoses between Friday and Monday.           

As of Tuesday, officials have reported 194 suspected overdose deaths in Delaware this year. Last year, there were 400 overdose deaths, an increase of 16 percent from 2017.           

Authorities are urging drug addicts and their families to seek immediate treatment and to acquire the overdose-reversing medication naloxone. 

First responders like Jason Hudson with Seaford Fire and EMS said, "A lot of times our Seaford Police Department will be on the scene, they administer Narcan before we do which is great to get it in. Other times we do it, and I can't really give a number, but around 20 times last year we administered it as basic life support," he said. 

The state says of these deaths, five occurred in homes, so having Narcan readily available could make all the difference. 

"It's important for them to have it because they could be the first ones to them. The first ones that could make a difference and increase the respiratory rate of the patient," he said. 

“Naloxone saves lives,” said Delaware Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “We urge anyone who needs access to naloxone to connect with Brandywine Counseling & Community Services, which operates the syringe services program for the Division of Public Health or go to a participating pharmacy to buy the overdose-reversing medication. We also urge Delawareans to download OpiRescue Delaware, a new smartphone app that provides lifesaving step-by-step instructions on how to respond to an overdose, including administration of naloxone.”

Timothy Vick, who works at Connections Community Support in Seaford said he hopes these numbers continue to go down. 

"I had to use it, it's a scary thing but I also know two individuals that I helped that wouldn't be here today if it was not administered.

Last year, first responders administered 3,728 doses of naloxone, compared to 2,861 doses in 2017.

 

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