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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Supreme Court has affirmed a licensing board's decision to discipline a doctor for misconduct involving the use of opioid painkillers to treat a patient struggling with heroin addiction.

The justices on Wednesday overturned a judge's decision reversing several of the board's findings against Dr. Bruce Grossinger.

The board found that Grossinger had violated state rules and regulations in treating a patient named Michael.

Michael died of a heroin overdose in 2014 while under the care of Grossinger Neuropain Specialists.

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Two have been arrested as Wicomico County Sheriff’s seize thousands of bag heroin.

WBOC reports that the bust came after a traffic stop in Delmar, Maryland as part of a drug investigation.

During the stop a K-9 unit scanned the car and indicating that there were drugs in the car.  

Jerell Rodriguez and Dajana Rodriguez were arrested with over 14-hundred bags of heroin.

With a search of their home there were number logs of heroin in addition to an overall take of over 58-hundred bags of the drug.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities have arrested three people following a three-month, multistate investigation into drug trafficking on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Delaware State Police say 33-year-old James M. Frazier of Cambridge, Maryland, the alleged ring leader, was arrested Saturday near Dover. His bond was set at $809,000 cash. A passenger in Frazier's car, 37- year-old Trivette Jackson of Federalsburg, Maryland, also was arrested.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Police in Delaware say they have seized 1,500 bags of heroin from a Virginia man during a traffic stop.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports 26-year-old Tyrice Thomas of Virginia Beach was arrested on charges including possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Georgetown police say they pulled over Thomas Sunday morning for a traffic violation and officers smelled marijuana. The nature of the traffic violation is unclear.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware public health officials are reporting a record number of deaths from suspected drug overdoses in August.

Officials said Tuesday that the 39 deaths reported last month is the highest since they began tracking deaths from suspected overdoses in late 2013. The previous monthly high was 27 deaths in April.

Officials suspect many of the overdoses involved fentanyl, a highly toxic synthetic opioid far more potent than heroin.

Last year, about 60 percent of the state's 345 overdose deaths involved fentanyl, while 40 percent involved heroin.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials say eight people have died of suspected overdoses over four days in the state.

The Department of Health and Social Services announced the string of deaths Tuesday and Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker urged people who actively use drugs to seek treatment immediately and carry naloxone, an overdose antidote. Walker says the deaths since Friday involved men and women from their 20s to their 50s in all three counties. She says the "horrific toll shows that no one in active use is immune from the risk of death in our state."

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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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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A Delaware health official is warning people who use drugs that two people have died from suspected overdoses in a 24-hour period involving heroin packets with the same stamp.

Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Kara Walker issued the warning on Monday.

The department says it's not identifying the stamp so people will not seek out the drug.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware public health officials are advising drug users to be aware that the heroin they're looking to obtain could be laced with fatal amounts of the synthetic painkiller fentanyl.

The warning was issued Tuesday in the wake of 12 recent overdoses in Camden, New Jersey, on Friday, four of which were fatal.

Officials note that Interstate 95 allows the flow of illicit drugs into Delaware from New Jersey and other neighboring states.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A search of a Delaware residence yielded more than 3,000 bags of heroin and three arrests.

Delaware State Police said in a release that Delaware State Police Governor's Task Force responded to a Newark house on Wednesday to assist Probation and Parole officers with an administrative search. That search turned up 3,127 bags of heroin, which amounted to nearly 22 grams, and $4,451 in suspected drug money.

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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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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Police are investigating four separate heroin overdose cases in northern Delaware, three of which were fatal.

New Castle County police say they responded to three separate incidents within a span of two hours Wednesday in which a person died and evidence of heroin use was recovered.

Police also responded to one overdose where an antidote was used to save a subject from dying.

The incidents occurred in the Bear, Brandywine and Claymont areas.

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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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Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn says he has made it the mission of his office to fight drug addiction.

But he adds it not just about locking people up.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Denn notes around two-thirds of the state’s cases in Sussex County are caused by heroin.

The state’s chief law enforcement officer says he will be part of Monday night’s forum on the costs of heroin addiction in Delaware to be held at John Dickinson High School.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A special education teacher in a Maryland high school has been charged with selling drugs on school property.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that 51-year-old Monica Snee of Salisbury was arrested Tuesday. She is charged with possession of heroin, distribution of heroin and distribution of heroin on school property.

Donna Hanlin, superintendent of Wicomico County public schools, says the alleged drug sales took place in a parking lot behind Parkside High School.

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After a seven week investigation 55 people have been arrested in Dover.

More than half the charges were gang related.

The arrests follow some 30 shootings through June and is set to surpass last year’s total of 40.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the initiative had identified just over a hundred suspected gang members in the area.

48 of those were suspected of being in the “48 Gang” and another 39 in the West Side Gang.

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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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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Local and international experts will gather at the University of Virginia to share ideas on how to tackle the opioid epidemic.

The conference on Tuesday will focus on solutions developed by community members and health care professionals.

The event will feature speakers from UVA, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Saskatchewan, Big River First Nation community, the Virginia Department of Health and others.

The conference is free and the public is invited to attend and participate.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A university's pharmacy school has cancelled classes on growing medical marijuana.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that the University of Maryland appears to be concerned about how the Trump Administration will enforce federal marijuana laws.

Medical marijuana has been legalized in nearly 30 states, including Maryland. And Maryland state law requires workers who are employed by growers, processors, dispensaries and laboratories to have training in their areas.

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Del. (AP) - A Delaware county's officials are launching a new effort to ensure that first responders can meet the challenge of preventing fatal drug overdoses.

New Castle County officials were to gather with public safety officials, volunteer firefighters, addiction treatment advocates and others to announce a collaborative effort to equip New Castle County firefighters with an antidote that can save drug users from fatal opioid overdoses.

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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.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed an executive order to create a new statewide development plan.

Hogan made the announcement Saturday in a speech to the Maryland Association of Counties.

The Republican governor says he has repeatedly heard from local officials who have asked for changes to PlanMaryland, which was put in place by Hogan's predecessor, Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat.

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In the past three weeks six people have died a heroin overdose in Delaware.

Authorities say they believe they deaths were caused by two types of the drug because the same stamp on has been found on the heroin bags.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that five of the deaths occurred in New Castle County and one in Sussex County.

Patrick Trainor with the Drug Enforcement Administration office in Philadelphia told the paper that such stamping leads to brand loyalty.

Authorities have not yet determine the type of heroin involved in the deaths.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - More than 2,000 people died of drug and alcohol overdoses in Maryland last year, an increase of 66 percent over 2015.

Calling the deaths a "grim tide," Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dennis Schrader said in a statement Thursday that the statistics represent the largest single-year increase ever recorded in Maryland.

Health officials say the biggest increase in fatal overdoses comes among people 55 and older. Those deaths increased five-fold between 2010 and 2016, from 86 to 424.

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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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There have been 41 arrests in a year-long undercover operation against drug trafficking in Crisfield.

Police Chief Michael Tabor the arrests were made by more than 100 hundred officers from the town and other law enforcement agencies.

WBOC reports that a deep undercover officer was able to buy heroin and opioids from a number of dealers throughout the town.

He said that many of those transactions were caught on video.

Mayor Kim Lawson said that the number of arrests were staggering for a community of only 27-hundred.

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Tomorrow is “Drug Take Back Day” in Delaware for those who want to discard unused or expired prescriptions.

People will be able to drop off the drugs as 21 designated locations ranging from drug stores and law enforcement offices to medical centers.

They may be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The program is offered twice a year and is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state government has a new website designed to help battle opioid and heroin addiction.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday the creation of VaAware.com , which he said was an informational tool for the public, health care practitioners and law enforcement officials.

Opioid deaths in Virginia have risen dramatically in recent years. In 2015, there were 801 deaths, a nearly 50 percent increase since 2012.

The website was recommended by McAuliffe's newly created task force on prescription drug and heroin abuse.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County officials are hosting a free, public training session in the use of a nasal spray that can reverse overdoses of heroin and other opioid drugs.

Officials say no advance registration is required for the Narcan training, which will be held next Thursday evening following a Heroin Alert program at the Paul Sweeney Public Safety Building on DuPont Highway.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The drug fentanyl caused more deaths in Virginia last year than any other prescription painkiller.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that the number of deaths caused by fentanyl rose from 48 in 2007 to 134 in 2014. Last year, the death was linked to an estimated 221 deaths in the state.

That's more than any other opioid besides heroin.

Fentanyl is prescribed by doctors and comes in a patch that's placed on the skin. Addicts have learned to isolate the drug from the patch and snort or inject the drug.

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