Speak Out: Opioid tax

Legislation establishing a tax on opioids is awaiting action from Gov. John Carney after the bill passed the House Thursday. The measure, Senate Bill 34, would create a fee of 1 cent per morphine milligram equivalent for brand-name opioid medications and one-quarter cent per mme for generics. It is not yet known whether Gov. Carney, […]

Delaware opioid legislation is ill-conceived ‘tax grab’

So, the General Assembly has passed a tax on opioid manufacturers and the legislation has been sent to Gov. Carney to await his decision on the fate of this initiative. This law is nothing short of a blatant tax grab. Supporters argue that the tax imposed is minuscule in that it assesses only 1 cent […]

Experimental surgery gains support as opioid deaths rise

SHANGHAI — Patient Number One is a thin man, with a scabby face and bouncy knees. His head, shaved in preparation for surgery, is wrapped in a clean, white cloth. Years of drug use cost him his wife, his money and his self-respect, before landing him in this drab yellow room at a Shanghai hospital, […]

Commentary: Delaware must hold pharmaceutical industry accountable

The opioid epidemic that continues to plague our state stems from the grossly aggressive marketing tactics employed by the pharmaceutical industry. This industry took a medication that was originally intended to decrease pain in terminal cancer patients and advertised it as a safe all-purpose treatment for every type of pain, from arthritis to the common […]

Speak Out: Opioid fee proposal

Readers reacted to a Sunday commentary written by Sen. Stephanie Hansen headlined “Opioid impact fee will save lives in Delaware” • The problem is the true killer drugs are coming across our open borders, Heroin and fentanyl. People need treatment, counseling, and in some cases arrests. The liberal Democrats’ answer is raising taxes. — Frederick […]

Commentary: Opioid impact fee will save lives in Delaware

I would like to correct misinformation in a recent op-ed Dover pharmacist Elizabeth Hauss penned about legislation that would hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the opioid crisis they helped create here in Delaware. (“Delaware opioid surcharge plan ‘misguided’” April 17) Here are the facts: One in four Delaware families is now affected by this crisis. […]

Commentary: Delaware opioid surcharge plan ‘misguided’

The Delaware State Senate voted to approve a surcharge on opioid prescriptions. At first glance, the motive behind the fee seems to be well-intentioned, but the fee is actually a misguided attempt and only further complicates the opioid crisis we are in. I’ve been a pharmacist for seven years and there is nothing I want […]

State set to raise age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

DOVER — Are you an 18-, 19- or 20-year-old smoker? You might want to stock up on tobacco products in the next three months, because pretty soon you won’t be able to buy them. The House on Thursday passed legislation raising the age to purchase cigarettes, vapes, chewing tobacco and related items from 18 to […]

Letter to the Editor: Eliminating ‘clawbacks’ is good for Delaware

Rep. Andria Bennett

Delaware currently allows insurers to charge a copay higher than the cost of a prescription, forcing residents to pay more out of pocket at the pharmacy, but hopefully not for long. This practice is known as a “clawback,” and my bill to prohibit them just passed the House. Last session, I sponsored legislation that removed […]

Opioid report offers recommendations

  DOVER — Delaware needs to continue taking steps to tackle the opioid epidemic, a report released Thursday by The Pew Charitable Trusts states. Submitted to the Behavioral Health Consortium, the findings recommend changes aimed at expanding access to care for individuals battling addiction. According to the Department of Health and Social Services, 419 people […]