Responding to the Opioid Epidemic

Responding to the Opioid Epidemic2018-01-03T16:55:25+00:00

Delaware is experiencing epidemic use of heroin, resulting in a tripling of overdose deaths since 2010. In 2014, Delaware ranked ninth nationwide in fatal overdoses. The use of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, often mixed with heroin, is of particular concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the increase in overdoses in Delaware involving fentanyl follows a national trend, with an 80-percent increase in deaths from synthetic opioids from 2013 to 2014. Death from heroin and other synthetic opioid use is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

Connections has responded to this epidemic by implementing several evidence-based services for individuals who are suffering from heroin and opioid addiction, including:

  • Opioid replacement therapy in Newark, Smyrna, Dover, Harrington, and Millsboro to almost 2,000 individuals daily.  We are also working to add locations in Seaford and Bear, where state and federal law enforcement and health officials tell us the need is great;
  • State-of-the-art withdrawal management services for as many as 125 individuals per day in Kent and Sussex Counties daily; and
  • Residential treatment and sober living housing for more than 100 single women, single men, pregnant women, and women and children in Newark, New Castle, Wilmington, Harrington, and Milford.
For Services, call 866-477-5345 and For general info, call 302-442-6622
Upcoming Events

You’re invited to Science Over Stigma: A Symposium on Treating the Opioid Epidemic in Southern Delaware.

In recognition of National Recovery Month, this FREE event will feature experts in the area of medication-assisted treatment and other evidence-based practices that are the scientifically proven best ways to treat opioid dependence.

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Local Wines and Crafted Brews for a Good Cause

Thursday, October 19, 2017, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Back By Popular Demand! Connections Community Support Programs, Inc. is hosting The Perfect Pairing on October 19, 2017 at Harry’s Savoy Ballroom from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.