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Opioid epidemic

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Advocates at the state and local level are working to get the lifesaving drug naloxone to first responders and citizens in Wilmington.

But the Wilmington Police Department is among a dwindling number of municipal law enforcement agencies not stocking the medication through a state-funded program.

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Legislation introduced by State Sen. Stephanie Hansen would create a Delaware opioid impact fee for drug producers.

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The First State is getting additional federal funds to deal with the opioid crisis locally.

State health officials say 30 people suffered opioid-related overdoses in Delaware last weekend.

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds Delaware hospitals have seen a more than 100 percent increase in suspected opioid overdoses.

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The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is requesting bids for substance abuse treatment “Centers of Excellence.”

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Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn has filed a lawsuit against opioid drug makers.

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 opioid epidemic has affected the nation, including Delaware, for more than 20 years.

The number of suspected overdose deaths continues to rise. Nearly a dozen people died of suspected overdoses in Delaware over Thanksgiving weekend, and the number for the year stands at more than 220.

Dr. Andrew Kolodny is the Co-Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at Brandeis University’s Heller School. He has been studying the opioid crisis for more than 15 years, and worked for the New York City Health Department in the early two thousands to reduce overdose deaths there. Kolodny participated in an event in Delaware earlier this week and says the opioid epidemic was caused in the late 90s by the medical field.

President Donald Trump formally declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency Thursday. But he stopped short of issuing a national emergency declaration. That means Delaware and other states won’t get new extra money to fight the epidemic.