Local nonprofit teams up with national organization to combat opioid crisis in Delaware

SEAFORD, Del. – “This gives individuals a resource.”  says Dan Southern, a B.R.I.D.G.E.S. board member.

Delaware is now one step closer to solving the opioid epidemic that is growing within our country, at least according to a local non-profit.

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. which stands for Bridging Recovery In Delaware Gathering Essential Supports, has teamed up with the National Addiction Policy Forum to serve those battling drug dependency in the First state.

Southern also said, “We now have all of the resources statewide. One of the things we have been lacking in Delaware is a connected source to where individuals could go to and find whatever resource they needed.”

Acting as the middle man, B.R.I.D.G.E.S. can provide care to those seeking help in the state and also connect people nationwide. For example, David Baugh, another board member said, “If somebody in Florida, had a family member in Delaware anywhere statewide and we can help plug them into the proper resource. We will help from the Delaware side of things to let them know whats going on here what we can possibly lobby for.”

They tell 47 ABC with national help, individuals seeking assistance have direct access to detox facilities, inpatient programs, outpatient programs and other services across the country, not just within the state.

Southern also said, “If someone is battling addiction, we can direct them to that.”

The biggest thing though is that people have to be willing to ask for help and not be ashamed to do it.

Baugh also said, “There’s a lot of people in this nation that are going through this. There is nothing shameful about it.  Addiction doesn’t discriminate.”

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