Del. health officials: 11 overdose deaths prompts series of community sessions

Health officials announce a series of community sessions available to the public following over 10 overdose related deaths since just before the Thanksgiving holiday, in Delaware.

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services says as of Wednesday, 11 people died from suspected overdoses, in Delaware. Officials say the this raises the concern over the impact that the holidays have on people who are in active use.

According to DHSS, eight of the 11 people who died from suspected overdoses were in New Castle County, and three were in Kent and Sussex County. The deaths reportedly involved both men and women ranging in age from 23 to 62. As of Sunday, officials say the total number of deaths from suspected overdoses stands at 215. In 2016, 308 people died in Delaware from overdoses which is up 35 percent from 228 people who died in 2015.

The recent spike in overdose death over the holiday prompted the Secretary of Health and Social Services to make an urgent plea for families to seek out a connection to treatment on behalf of their loved ones. Beginning this week, families will apparently have an opportunity to connect with dozens of community partners as they participate in a series of free addiction-related community sessions hosted by the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH). Officials report that thorough these sessions, people can talk to with treatment experts learn about local services and supports, and get access to a training class on how to use the overdose-reversing medication naloxone. 

Below are the location for the community sessions which are held from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM:

Kent County: Thursday, November 30, Delaware Technical Community College, Terry Campus, Corporate Training Center, 100 Campus Drive, Dover
New Castle County: Wednesday, December 6, West End Neighborhood House, 710 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington
Sussex County: Thursday, December 14, Delaware Technical Community College, Owens Campus, Carter Partnership Center, 21179 College Drive, Georgetown

Beyond the community sessions, health officials encourage individuals in active substance use to see a medical provider immediately or DHSS' 24/7 Crisis Services Hotline at 1-800-345-6785 for Kent and Sussex Counties and 1-800-652-2929 for New Castle County.

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