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Drug manufacturers may have to start paying a fee for opioids dispensed in Delaware.

New Castle County is getting new funds to boost a program that’s helping address the opioid crisis locally.

A nearly $120,000 grant from the University of Baltimore will allow New Castle County Police to hire a full-time coordinator for its Hero Help Program.

Hero Help launched in May 2016, allowing officers to refer people with addiction problems committing non-violent, victimless crimes to a voluntary treatment program rather than arrest them.

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The state of Delaware is retaining a national group of attorneys to investigate, and possibly file suit against opioid manufacturers, distributors and others who may have contributed to the opioid epidemic in the First State.

Healthcare leaders call for new reimbursement model

Aug 29, 2017
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Christiana Care hosted its fifth annual addiction medicine symposium Tuesday. Healthcare leaders discussed factors contributing to the state’s opioid epidemic, and how to address them.

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Legislators and advocates are applauding three bills signed into law Tuesday aimed at helping prevent further opioid overdose deaths in the First State.

The state’s Department of Health and Social Services announced upgrades to its addiction outreach campaign Tuesday.

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Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, but some First State pharmacies are getting a head start.

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

Delaware tightens rules on opiate prescriptions

Apr 5, 2017
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Starting this week, doctors in Delaware have new rules governing how they prescribe opiates.


The regulations are designed to curb opiate addiction, and apply to both chronic and short-term pain management.  


In the summer of 2016 the Dover Police Department teamed up with an addiction recovery center to divert opiate users into treatment and away from crime, jail or death.


Less than a year later, police departments around the First State are looking at Dover's ANGEL Program as a model they could adopt.