August 19. 2017 — More state and local governments are taking steps to curb the nation’s drug crisis.
This week, Delaware lawmakers enacted legislation to form the Addiction Action Committee, a 17-member panel charged with outlining an integrated plan for action to address prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. The committee is comprised of community advocates, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and state leaders.
Gov. John Carney signed the bill to allow the panel to begin work and submit its first report by June 1, 2018.
“Delaware families are affected every day by the disease of addiction,” said Carney. “These new laws will help us develop short-term and long-term strategies to combat our addiction crisis, and more effectively coordinate treatment and prevention services.”
According to state officials, Delaware had over 300 opioid deaths in 2016, a 35 percent increase from the previous year.
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