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The Wicomico County Council has put off a vote on whether to join a national lawsuit against the manufacturers of opioid.

WBOC reports that the council has come under community pressure to reconsider a previous decision not to become part of the legal action.

The council intends to take a vote on the issue at its July 16th meeting.

County Sheriff Mike Lewis has been a strong supporter of taking the pharmaceutical companies to court and expressed some disappointment at the delay.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia State Police is inviting the public to drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at sites across the state this weekend.

Collection sites will be open at division headquarters around Virginia on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Drug Take-Back Day is aimed at preventing pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of unused prescription drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Administration website has a list of collection sites. The DEA will not accept liquids or needles.

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Last year could be the deadliest year yet for deaths from drug overdoses.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the First State has witnessed 344 overdose deaths in the first ten months.

The paper reports that preliminary estimates put the numbers for 2018 at 419.

Deaths in Sussex County have been rising rapidly with the first ten months seeing 67 people dying from drug overdoses.

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Wicomico County could get a new treatment center to help those facing opioid and heroin abuse.

There is a proposal for a new facility that would also help with long term employment once treatment has been completed.

WBOC reports that Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he would re-purpose an existing pre-release correctional facility off Nanticoke Road.

Culver told the television station that part of the problem for those facing drug addiction is long term employment once they kick the addiction.

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ACCOMACK, Va. (AP) - Authorities say 50 people have been indicted after a 16-month undercover drug investigation in Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The indictments are the result of "Operation Firecracker" conducted by the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force. The task force consists of members of the Accomack and Northampton County Sheriff's Offices and Virginia State Police.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say there have been six suspected overdose deaths in Delaware this week, bringing the total so far this year to 94.

Officials also say paramedics and the Delaware State Police responded to several overdoses in New Castle County in a span of less than eight hours Tuesday.

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Governor John Carney signs three measures to fight drug addiction in Delaware.

The first bill removes pre-authorization insurance requirements for treatment as well as requiring insurance company to fund inpatient care.

The second measure allows the state insurance commissioner and the state Attorney General’s Office the ability to offer legal advice and even representation for families dealing with denied appeals for treatment.            

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At least two people are dead from a drug overdose during a three day period this weekend that saw another 20 people given the drug naloxone for an overdose.

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services said of those 20, 15 were in western Sussex County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the two men who died lived in Seaford were believed to be in their 40’s and 50’s.

Their names have been withheld pending the notification of their relatives.

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of the increase in the overdoses.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The family of a man who died after a struggle with Baltimore police officers says the department has been unable to produce the drugs they say he had on him when he was stopped.

Officers stopped 44-year-old Tyrone West in July 2013 for a traffic violation. Police said they noticed a bulge in his sock and found cocaine. When West ran, officers chased and tackled him, and he died of what the official autopsy says was a heart condition. The family disputes the cause of death. The officers were not charged.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware Superior Court judge has refused to issue a blanket ruling suppressing evidence in scores of pending drug cases because of an evidence tampering scandal at the state drug-testing lab.

But in a ruling issued late Monday, the judge said prosecutors in individual drug cases will have to meet a higher standard for establishing a chain of custody indicating that evidence has not been tainted.