Speak Out: Purdue Pharma bankruptcy

Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy in the first step in a complex, multibillion-dollar plan by the maker of OxyContin to settle thousands of lawsuits brought against it by state and local governments over the nation’s deadly opioid disaster. The company and members of the Sackler family, which owns it, expressed sympathy but not responsibility. But […]

After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma may not be off hook

Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy in the first step in a complex, multibillion-dollar plan by the maker of OxyContin to settle thousands of lawsuits brought against it by state and local governments over the nation’s deadly opioid disaster. The company and members of the Sackler family, which owns it, expressed sympathy but not responsibility. “Like […]

Addiction a ‘hard pill to swallow’

GEORGETOWN — At 25, Heather Swank has experienced a lifetime of heartache. She ingested narcotics when pregnant with her first of two children, beginning with Percocet pills and moving to heroin. It left her homeless and willing to do anything — legal or otherwise — to get her next fix. She described her descent into […]

Stopping the flow of opioids in Delaware

DOVER — So many opioid pain medications pour into Delaware each year that every person could hold a small mountain in the palm of their hand. According to a Drug Enforcement Agency database obtained by the Washington Post, the First State received 276,177,276 prescription pain pills from 2006 to 2012, or nearly 39.5 million annually. […]

Delaware officials tout prescription monitoring oversight

DOVER — A pharmacist logs onto his computer to check a painkiller prescription for a new patient. With just a few clicks, the pharmacist can see the patient has recently received similar medications from three other pharmacists. Suspecting the patient has been doctor shopping to score pills, the pharmacist makes a few phone calls. In […]

Downtown Dover contact brings drug charges

DOVER — A 27-year-old man was arrested on heroin-related charges after being contacted by authorities in the downtown area Wednesday afternoon, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said. Dandre Chandler allegedly dropped a Cheetos bag containing 39 bags of heroin when contacted in the area of West Loockerman and South New Streets around 4 […]

Speak Out: Grant to fight opioid crisis

The Delaware Division of Public Health announced Tuesday a $17.4 million grant from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to help reduce fatal drug overdoses over three years in Delaware. The purpose of the three-year Overdose Data to Action grant is to support the public health division’s comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the opioid […]

Delaware Public Health to host naloxone training, distribution event

MILLSBORO — Delaware’s Division of Public Health will hold a Community Naloxone Training and Distribution event in Millsboro today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Millsboro Fire Company located at 109 E. State St. The DPH event, in which members of DPH will be distributing free naloxone kits to members of the public, […]

Speak Out: Marijuana warning

Federal health officials issued a national warning Thursday against marijuana use by adolescents and pregnant women, as more states legalize the increasingly potent drug for medicinal and recreational use. • We have to be a pretty stupid population base if we need to be told that children and pregnant women shouldn’t smoke pot. — Ryan […]

Mexico’s new drug war may be worse than old one

COATZACOALCOS, Mexico — Mexico’s drug war appears to be back — and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government’s 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels. Back then, the worst of the violence was confined to a few cities. Now it is spread out throughout the country. Once it […]