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There’s a new report out from Delaware officials that calls for major action against the opioid epidemic.

The 14 month review recommended that the state First State establish three centers to treat patients with addiction.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the current efforts to deal with addiction are characterized as fragmented, difficult and short-term.

What are called “Centers of Excellence” are expected to be fully launched this fall across the state.

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A facility for drug recovery may be coming to Berlin.

Tish Ottey a law enforcement officer initially saw a growing need for recovery support and established the Douglas K. Hamilton House for Recovery in Salisbury.

It serves 48 men.

But WBOC reports that she has been inspired to reach out to other counties and has landed a contract in Berlin for a home whose location has not been disclosed.

She hopes to open the facility within the next six months after a town zoning committee reviews her application.

A lawsuit has been brought by a Kent County man says a local doctor and a pharmaceutical company prescribed unnecessary opioid prescription that led to his addiction.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the suit was filed against Maryland Doctor Eva Dickinson and her former practice for allegedly ignoring the patient’s health needs.

In addition, the lawsuit accuses Insys Therapeutics of encouraging the writing of unnecessary dangerous prescriptions.

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Delaware could impose a fee on drug manufacturers to help pay for treatment of drug problems like addiction.

WBOC reports that the measure would impose a one cent per morphine milligram equivalent.

State officials believe the fee could have generated around $9 million last year.

But the proposed legislation would bar the drug companies from passing that cost onto consumers.

The television station reports that some pharmacists are concerned that they might wind up paying for the increased prices.

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Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn wants the First State to spend more on drug treatment.

During testimony before a legislative panel Denn told lawmakers that prison was not the answer to those addicted to heroin or other drugs.

The state Attorney General calls the opioid epidemic a public health issue.

Denn said he is asking for lawmakers carve out $4 million for increase the construction of private treatment facilities.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that currently there are 137 residential treatment beds in the state.

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As the opioid addiction rate has risen in recent years local governments have struggled with how to deal with the developing crisis. Delmarva Public Radio's Tyler Simpson takes a look at one addict who struggled to get clean and the officials who faced this unexpected phenomenon.

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Those seeking treatment for heroin and opioid addiction may have a difficult time find it in Delaware.

That’s was the upshot of a forum at a high school yesterday where state Attorney General Matt Denn said there aren’t enough facilities to meet demand.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he noted there are around 200 beds available for around 11-thousand people who need care.

There has been an increase in medication-assisted treatment.

But for that to work there is a need for a stable environment.

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BROOKLYN, Md. (AP) - Officials in Maryland say more than 200 people have shown up at fire and police stations in Anne Arundel County seeking treatment for drug addiction since the county began its "Safe Stations" program six months ago.
The Baltimore Sun reports that about 60 percent of those seeking help entered 28-day inpatient treatment programs in the county.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Hospitals in Maryland have started trying to reduce the number of highly addictive opioid drugs that are prescribed.

The Baltimore Sun reported Friday that Anne Arundel Health System hopes to cut such prescriptions in half by 2019. 

Anne Arundel joins hospitals across the region and state that are trying to fight against the nation's deadly opioid epidemic.

Health systems officials recently conducted a review of opioid prescriptions among its doctors. It found wide disparities in how much was prescribed, even for the same health condition.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is scheduled to announce some policy proposals to fight the heroin and opioid crisis in the state.

Herring will outline new programs and initiatives on Monday at the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Virginia Beach.

His office says the proposals will be incorporated into a multifaceted approach that includes enforcement, education and prevention.