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Report Calls for Three Addiction Treatment Centers in Delaware

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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.

In 2016 Delaware along with Rhode Island wound up having the ninth highest drug overdose death rate in the country.

So far this year the suspected death toll has reached 145.

The report was carried out by a research team from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.