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.