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New Recommendations for Fighting Delaware's Addiction Crisis

10/19/2016
According to an article by Shirley Min posted on newswork.org, while the state has made progress in the fight against heroin and opioid addiction, Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn said more needs to be done.
 
Joined by anti-addiction advocates, health professionals and law enforcement during a news conference in Dover on Wednesday, Denn highlighted four areas he said should be addressed by the state over the next year. They include:

  • The creation of more treatment opportunities for persons with substance use disorder; 
  • Review of the state's private insurance and Medicaid regulations to ensure that persons struggling with addiction are not 'forced to fail,' before getting access to appropriate treatment;
  • Increased use of the state's prescription drug monitoring system to flag potential criminal conduct or medically questionable prescription practices to the appropriate authorities;
  • Improved communication with the state's medical community with respect to overdoses by their patients.
 "It is impossible for us to ignore the crushing impact that drug trafficking has on both violent crime and property crime in our state," said Denn, during a news conference in Dover on Wednesday. "And just as importantly, it is impossible for anyone to ignore the pain that drug addiction and overdoses have inflicted on so many of our friends and neighbors. So at the same time as we continue to aggressively prosecute drug dealing cases, I am determined to keep advocating for solutions to our state's substance abuse crisis." 
 
"The Attorney General's leadership in fighting the prescription drug epidemic is vital. Public Health is pleased to partner with him as we work across the spectrum to reduce overdoses," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Health.
 
Denn also reviewed what has been accomplished since outlining a 4-part plan to combat Delaware's drug abuse epidemic last year. Read more.