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DELAWARE'S DRUG EPIDEMIC

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Overdose Deaths437447551+ .9%
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DRUG ADDICTION OVERVIEW
WHO IS AFFECTED BY DRUG ADDICTION
DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENTS
American Addiction
Marijuana Addiction
Alcohol Addiction
Nicotine Addiction
Opioid Addiction
Cocaine Addiction
Heroin Addiction
Meth Addiction
Hallucinogen Addiction
Inhalant Addiction

54% of those who had previously overdosed had also received treatment. Source: Delaware State Attorney General's Annual Report

DRUG PREVENTION EVENTS

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Experienced At Least One Non-Fatal Drug Overdose

(2019) 40% of decedents had at least one non-fatal overdose before their passing; some had as many as nine. 58% of decedents had at least one overdose within a year of their death, with 30% of those being within three (3) months. Source: Delaware State Attorney General’s Annual Report

38% Were Living In Unstable Housing

(2019) Thirty-eight percent of 2019’s fatal overdose victims were unhoused or lived with unstable housing. Source: Delaware State Attorney General’s Annual Report.

38.1% experienced more than one traumatic event

(2019) 38.1% experienced more than one traumatic event throughout their life course. Source: Delaware State Attorney General’s Annual Report

TRACKING DRUG ADDICTION IN DELAWARE

Ages 18 to 25, are the biggest abusers of prescription opioid pain relievers and other prescription drugs

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), young adults, ages 18 to 25, are the biggest abusers of prescription opioid pain relievers and other prescription drugs. Most kids get opioids from a friend or a parent’s medicine cabinet. In addition to talking with your kids about these drugs, you should always dispose of unused opioid medications to keep your family safe.. SOURCE: Help Is Here DE

20% Were Under Mental Health Distress

(2019) The share of adults in Delaware with any mental illness was 20.9% in 2018-2019, which was similar to the U.S. share (19.9%). Source: Kaiser Family Foundation.

Pandemic Caused Major Depressive State In Young People

(2019) 15.5% of adolescents and 8.5% of adults in Delaware reported having a major depressive episode in the past year. Source: Kaiser Family Foundation.

Pandemic Caused An Increase In Drug Overdose Deaths

(2019) deaths due to drug overdose have increased in Delaware from 20.7 per 100,000 in 2015 to 45.5 per 100,000 in 2020. Source: Kaiser Family Foundation.

TRACKING DRUG ADDICTION IN DELAWARE

WHAT IS fentanyl

Synthetic fentanyl has been found in cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, pills, and marijuana, causing overdoses and deaths. Fentanyl has no smell or taste. If you use drugs, you may be at risk for taking fentanyl without even knowing it.. SOURCE: Help Is Here DE

If you or someone you know needs some support now, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “HOME” to 741-741.

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health conditions have been exacerbated. More than three in ten adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder since May 2020. Source: KFF