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Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn wants the First State to spend more on drug treatment.

During testimony before a legislative panel Denn told lawmakers that prison was not the answer to those addicted to heroin or other drugs.

The state Attorney General calls the opioid epidemic a public health issue.

Denn said he is asking for lawmakers carve out $4 million for increase the construction of private treatment facilities.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that currently there are 137 residential treatment beds in the state.

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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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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Attorney General Matt Denn is pointing out a path forward in Delaware's battle to control its opioid abuse epidemic.

Denn has scheduled a news conference Wednesday to release the results of a comprehensive substance abuse treatment needs assessment that was commissioned by the state Department of Justice.

Officials also will release the DOJ's eight-point plan for what the state needs to do over the next several months in addressing the opioid epidemic.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn says he will not run for re-election next year.

In a Facebook post Monday, Denn said that after 14 years in statewide office, he and his family deserve a change from the political grind and the time it requires of a candidate and office holder. He also said he hopes to find a position in the private sector in which he can spend more time advocating for children.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general has ruled that a local school board violated the Freedom of Information Act.

The News Journal reported on Monday that state Attorney General Matt Denn's office ruled the Milford School Board violated FOIA when it failed to include a vote for the 2017 tax rate on its original June 2016 meeting agenda.

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Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn has joined 29 other state attorney’s general calling on the Federal Communications Commission to stop unlawful robocalls.

The FCC is considering new rules that would allow providers the ability to block these computer generated calls.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the letter says many illegal robocalls hide their identity with illegitimate caller ID numbers to con the public.       

One such scheme claims to be from the IRS requesting payments.

Currently, the rule do not allow providers to block such calls.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney is joining other state officials in honoring Delaware law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Attorney General Matt Denn, state police superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen and Safety and Homeland Security Robert Coupe also were scheduled to attend Wednesday's annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Trooper's Memorial at state police headquarters in Dover.

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Delaware will be picking up $1.4 million from Volkswagen.

The money is the result of a settlement in which VW admitted that it used a device to get around emission standards.

The settlement is with the federal government and ten states which adopted California’s stringent vehicle emission standards.

WBOC reports that Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn said that the settlement continues to hold the car company accountable for its egregious breach of public trust.

The money will be used for “an environmentally beneficial purpose.”

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are proposing revisions to Delaware's insurance code to ensure that people struggling with opioid addiction get the treatment they need.

Attorney General Matt Denn on Wednesday also called for the creation of a new oversight committee to help identify and target medical providers who are over prescribing painkillers.

Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro and Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay expressed their support for the legislation, as did parents who have lost children to drug overdoses.