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.