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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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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Local and international experts will gather at the University of Virginia to share ideas on how to tackle the opioid epidemic.

The conference on Tuesday will focus on solutions developed by community members and health care professionals.

The event will feature speakers from UVA, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Saskatchewan, Big River First Nation community, the Virginia Department of Health and others.

The conference is free and the public is invited to attend and participate.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A university's pharmacy school has cancelled classes on growing medical marijuana.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that the University of Maryland appears to be concerned about how the Trump Administration will enforce federal marijuana laws.

Medical marijuana has been legalized in nearly 30 states, including Maryland. And Maryland state law requires workers who are employed by growers, processors, dispensaries and laboratories to have training in their areas.

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Del. (AP) - A Delaware county's officials are launching a new effort to ensure that first responders can meet the challenge of preventing fatal drug overdoses.

New Castle County officials were to gather with public safety officials, volunteer firefighters, addiction treatment advocates and others to announce a collaborative effort to equip New Castle County firefighters with an antidote that can save drug users from fatal opioid overdoses.

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