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Delaware is the second smallest state in the United States. The total land mass is only nine miles long and 29 miles wide, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern side. Although the state is small, the substance abuse epidemic is comparable to that of larger states. In fact, in 2015 the state was designated as part of the national High Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
In Delaware, the primary drug threats are diverted prescription opioids and heroin. Part of the reason for the high drug activity here is attributed to the dealers who come to this state from New Jersey, Maryland, or Philadelphia. Some of them come to escape the heightened law enforcement in those states or to avoid prosecution for drug-related crimes they committed there.
The bulk of heroin and other drugs in this state comes from New York by way of Interstate 95. Statewide. The number of overdose deaths rose to 228 in 2015. Also, the number of individuals receiving treatment for illicit drug abuse in Delaware is higher than the national average. To get a better idea of the scope of drug problems in this state, take a look at these statistics on some of the most widely abused drugs in the area:
Since 2012, heroin is the most common drug of abuse among people receiving treatment in state-funded rehab centers.
In 2014, 3,182 people were being treated for heroin abuse in state-funded programs, an increase from 2.750 in 2013.
Heroin sold for $10 a bag and was 17% pure 20 years ago. Today it sells for $3 a bag and is about 67% pure.
From 2013 to 2014, heroin-related overdose deaths rose more than 90%.
Fentanyl-laced heroin is responsible for a significant portion of those deaths.
Meth is not prevalent in Delaware but is found in some quantities at the beach.
Emergency Response Teams responded to 21 methamphetamine laboratory incidents in 2015.
Between 2014 and 2015, cocaine-related overdose deaths rose 44.8 percent.
Cocaine is used primarily by white males between ages 25 to 35.
Crack cocaine is used primarily by African American males aged 20 to 40.
More than 7,000 adolescents reported using illicit drugs within the month prior to being surveyed in 2014.
Deaths from fentanyl abuse more than doubled from 2015 to 2016.
Between January and September of 2016, 90 fentanyl-related deaths were reported. This is an increase from 42 deaths in 2015.
Fentanyl-laced heroin is responsible for 8 of the total heroin overdose deaths statewide.
According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, 105 people died from prescription drug and cocaine overdoses last year.
Delaware ranks #1 in the U.S. for the rate of opioid prescriptions written.
About 760 people received state-funded treatment for prescription drug abuse.
Between 2013 and 2014, more than 3,000 teens aged 12-17 admitted to non-medical pain reliever use.
Opioid abusers are turning to heroin as a cheaper substitute.
More than 1105 people received state-funded treatment for alcohol abuse in 2014.
From 2010 to 2014 about 45,000 people over age 21 reported heavy alcohol use within the past month prior to the survey.
In 2014, about 48,000 people aged 12 or older were dependent on or abused alcohol in the year prior to the survey.
About 15,000 adolescents over age 12 admitted to binge-drinking in the past month.
In 2014, about 705 people received state-funded treatment for marijuana abuse.
Marijuana is among the top 3 substances of choice among adult treatment admissions.
Survey results show that 2,646 high school students (23.3%) currently use marijuana.
The number of Delaware citizens who smoke pot is 11.86%.
The state is slated to receive federal grants of at least $2 million to aid in prevention and awareness campaigns. Delaware Attorney General, Matt Denn, has compiled a list of recommendations for combating the heroin and opioid epidemic in the state.
In addition to the federal campaigns, a number of local organizations are increasing their efforts to improve and spread awareness and education about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Some of those organizations include, but are not limited to:
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