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Delaware: 1st Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Death, Additional Cases Possible

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NEW CASTLE, Del. - If fentanyl-laced heroin sounds familiar, it may be because it caused 37 deaths in Maryland this year.

The First State is reporting its first fatality of the year from the drug.  
    
Delaware officials confirm that an April 5th overdose death in Claymont was the result of fentanyl-laced heroin.

But there may be more to come.

"It's quite possible that we may be up to 6 deaths, we're waiting on some confirmation from the medical examiner's report ," said Marc Richman, assistant director for community mental health and addiction services for the State of Delaware. "We're worried, back in the 90s, late 90s, we had fentanyl-laced heroin and it was responsible for I believe well over 100 deaths."

The state says it's working on a communications strategy to help the public and anyone currently struggling with drug addiction. If you or someone you know needs treatment for any addiction, the Department of Heath and Social Services says it can provide any help.  In New Castle County, the number to call is (800) 652-2929. In Kent and Sussex counties, call (800) 345-6785.

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