Letter to the Editor: End the war on drugs

As fall arrives, our youngsters continue to fall in violence in the streets. Alcohol did not create Al Capone; prohibition created Al Capone. At least twice a month I see an article or an editorial calling for “the” way to end the crazy, deadly shootings on city streets. The latest piece called for the clergy […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Substance abuse can have devastating effects on American families and communities. To promote the importance of ending and preventing substance abuse, President Trump declared October 2018 National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness about the risks of substance abuse to improve individual and community health. President Trump is calling on […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Our nation needs treatment

Our nation is plagued by several unsolved major systemic problems. Some are in the spotlight, like the War on Drugs and mass incarceration. But three recent front page stories, about the slayings of Molly Tibbett and the rape and murder of Celia Barquin Arozamena, the female golfer slain in broad daylight, and the remembrance of […]

Life’s rebound: From addiction to sobriety

GEORGETOWN — Chris Herren’s most significant rebound wasn’t one he made in college or professional basketball. It’s the one he is making in the game of life. Once one of the nation’s prized basketball recruits and the pride of Fall River, Massachusetts, Mr. Herren sacrificed family and basketball dreams for booze, pills and heroin in […]


This is your public forum. We welcome your opinions, which can be emailed to newsroom@newszap.com or posted online under the stories at www.DelawareStateNews.net. On his Facebook page, Sen. Thomas Carper discussed the Senate overwhelmingly approving legislation that includes two bipartisan bills he co-authored to combat the opioid crisis. “This epidemic demands that we work together […]

Drug charges follow Harbeson shooting by DSP trooper

HARBESON — Two men were arrested on drug charges following a search warrant entrance that resulted in a 50-year-old paraplegic man being shot to death by police Tuesday, authorities said. Andrew Knox, 82, and Andrew A. Ayers, 54, were charged with multiple felonies after Delaware State Police ended a three week investigation into alleged illegal […]


This is your public forum. We welcome your opinions, which can be emailed to newsroom@newszap.com or posted online under the stories at www.DelawareStateNews.net. It was reported this week that eight people have died from suspected overdoses in a four-day span across the state, causing the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services leader to urge […]

Dover drug investigation results in two arrests

DOVER — Two arrests were made in the conclusion of a drug investigation in the 900 block of Simon Circle Wednesday morning, Dover Police said. Maurice Butler, 26, and Mary Honey, 18, were taken into custody without incident at 6:02 a.m. by the Dover Police Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit in conjunction with the […]

Man charged with operating mobile meth lab

DOVER — An early morning traffic stop Monday led to discovery of a mobile meth lab, Delaware State Police said. Police said a trooper noticed a truck make an improper lane change on U.S. Route 13/North Dupont Highway at approximately 1:22 a.m. and pulled the vehicle over. The driver and sole occupant, 28-year-old Richard H. […]

Sussex County receives warning following spike in heroin deaths

NEW CASTLE — With more than half of the deaths from suspected overdoses occurring in Sussex County so far this month, Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker is urging the community to be aware of the uptick and also is warning people in active substance use in Sussex County and […]