Lt. Gov. Hall-Long Responds To CDC Report Highlighting Increase In Delaware Opioid Overdoses

by Super User

On Friday, March 9 Delaware Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long of Middletown, issued a statement on a recent Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on the opioid crisis stating “As chair of Delaware’s Behavioral Health Consortium, I am concerned and saddened by this CDC report, and recognize the importance of acting aggressively statewide to save lives and reduce the prevalence of overdoses in our communities”. She continued “We must continue to focus on long-term treatment, supportive recovery communities, and improved prevention and early intervention to stop the pipeline of progression”.

Hall-Long was responding to a report from the CDC on Tuesday, March 6 saying that Delaware reported the second-highest increase among the states for suspected opioid overdose visits reported by emergency departments, an increase of 105%. The report stated that from July 2016 to September 2017, Delaware had 2,075 suspected reported overdoses with 1,539 in New Castle County, 355 in Sussex County, and 191 in Kent County.

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