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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A Delaware health official is warning people who use drugs that two people have died from suspected overdoses in a 24-hour period involving heroin packets with the same stamp.

Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Kara Walker issued the warning on Monday.

The department says it's not identifying the stamp so people will not seek out the drug.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware public health officials are advising drug users to be aware that the heroin they're looking to obtain could be laced with fatal amounts of the synthetic painkiller fentanyl.

The warning was issued Tuesday in the wake of 12 recent overdoses in Camden, New Jersey, on Friday, four of which were fatal.

Officials note that Interstate 95 allows the flow of illicit drugs into Delaware from New Jersey and other neighboring states.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A search of a Delaware residence yielded more than 3,000 bags of heroin and three arrests.

Delaware State Police said in a release that Delaware State Police Governor's Task Force responded to a Newark house on Wednesday to assist Probation and Parole officers with an administrative search. That search turned up 3,127 bags of heroin, which amounted to nearly 22 grams, and $4,451 in suspected drug money.

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As the opioid addiction rate has risen in recent years local governments have struggled with how to deal with the developing crisis. Delmarva Public Radio's Tyler Simpson takes a look at one addict who struggled to get clean and the officials who faced this unexpected phenomenon.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Police are investigating four separate heroin overdose cases in northern Delaware, three of which were fatal.

New Castle County police say they responded to three separate incidents within a span of two hours Wednesday in which a person died and evidence of heroin use was recovered.

Police also responded to one overdose where an antidote was used to save a subject from dying.

The incidents occurred in the Bear, Brandywine and Claymont areas.

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Those seeking treatment for heroin and opioid addiction may have a difficult time find it in Delaware.

That’s was the upshot of a forum at a high school yesterday where state Attorney General Matt Denn said there aren’t enough facilities to meet demand.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he noted there are around 200 beds available for around 11-thousand people who need care.

There has been an increase in medication-assisted treatment.

But for that to work there is a need for a stable environment.

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Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn says he has made it the mission of his office to fight drug addiction.

But he adds it not just about locking people up.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Denn notes around two-thirds of the state’s cases in Sussex County are caused by heroin.

The state’s chief law enforcement officer says he will be part of Monday night’s forum on the costs of heroin addiction in Delaware to be held at John Dickinson High School.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A special education teacher in a Maryland high school has been charged with selling drugs on school property.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that 51-year-old Monica Snee of Salisbury was arrested Tuesday. She is charged with possession of heroin, distribution of heroin and distribution of heroin on school property.

Donna Hanlin, superintendent of Wicomico County public schools, says the alleged drug sales took place in a parking lot behind Parkside High School.

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After a seven week investigation 55 people have been arrested in Dover.

More than half the charges were gang related.

The arrests follow some 30 shootings through June and is set to surpass last year’s total of 40.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the initiative had identified just over a hundred suspected gang members in the area.

48 of those were suspected of being in the “48 Gang” and another 39 in the West Side Gang.

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BROOKLYN, Md. (AP) - Officials in Maryland say more than 200 people have shown up at fire and police stations in Anne Arundel County seeking treatment for drug addiction since the county began its "Safe Stations" program six months ago.
 
The Baltimore Sun reports that about 60 percent of those seeking help entered 28-day inpatient treatment programs in the county.
 

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