The more we talk about addiction, the more progress we will make.

In order to help more people into recovery, we must remove the stigma from addiction and embrace this simple fact: Addiction is a disease. It can and must be treated. And if someone in recovery relapses, treatment must be intensified, not ended.

Rita Landgraf, Delaware Health and Social Services Secretary

In 2010, Delaware’s rate of drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 population was 16.6, ranking the state ninth in the nation.

There is no set profile of an addicted person. Addiction can affect any of us. Every county. Every community. Every neighborhood. It’s important for everyone to be an advocate for change.

Governor Jack Markell

You can help.

Here’s how:

  • Be informed — stay in touch with information that helps you understand the problem and what local authorities are doing to stem the tide of drugs into the region.
  • Spread the world about prevention of drug and alcohol addiction.
  • Be aware of the signs of addiction.
  • Be a friend to anyone you know who has an addiction problem and get him or her help.
  • Be aware of recovery support and recovery living services — see our Resource Guide.
  • Take on a neighborhood project to combat addiction in your community.
  • Be an advocate for disposing of unused prescription drugs through a local prescription drop box.

Community Naloxone Training

In 2014, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed two bills into law increasing the availability of naloxone, a prescription drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose from opiates such as heroin or prescription painkillers.

One law provides for the availability of naloxone to members of the community who take a free one-hour training class, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Services and presented by Brandywine Counseling. After the training, individuals can pay $50 for a naloxone kit containing two doses of the nasal spray. If they can’t afford the cost, alternatives can be worked out. View the schedule

The other law allows police officers to carry and administer naloxone. Officers with Ocean View Police Department already have been trained and are carrying the opiate-reversing drug, and other departments are interested in the training.

How the Good Samaritan/911 law works

In Delaware, if you call 911 to report someone experiencing an overdose, you cannot be arrested or prosecuted for a low-level drug crime.

The law gives you the power to do the right thing. It gives you the power to save lives.

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