Current Suspected Overdose Deaths in Delaware for 2017: 227

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DHSS Press Release



Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: May 17, 2017
DHSS-05-2017





MEDIA ADVISORY: ADDICTION OUTREACH CAMPAIGN BEGINS WITH RELAUNCH OF DHSS' UPDATED 'HELP IS HERE' WEBSITE

DHSS, PARTNERS RELAUNCH UPDATED "HELP IS HERE" WEBSITE ON ADDICTION


WHO: The Honorable Bethany Hall-Long, Lieutenant Governor
Kara Odom Walker, MD, Secretary, Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS)
Karyl Rattay, MD, Director, Division of Public Health (DPH), DHSS and
Chair, Prescription Drug Advisory Committee (PDAC)
Michael Barbieri, Director, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH), DHSS
A person in recovery
WHAT: Press conference to relaunch the updated and improved "Help is Here" website and announce the accompanying community outreach campaign
WHY: The newly revised "Help is Here" website will feature updated and additional information on prevention, intervention and treatment and recovery, easier navigation, and new videos from individuals in long-term recovery, parents who have lost adult children to overdoses, a treatment provider and a police officer. DHSS wants all Delawareans to know about the website, to share it and to use it. When HelpIsHereDE.com was first launched in October 2014, it was the first of its kind in the country to provide one-stop shopping for statewide information, education, and resources on substance use and abuse issues for people suffering from addiction, their families, the community and medical providers. Delaware, like much of the country, is experiencing an addictions epidemic. In 2016, 308 people died from overdoses in Delaware, as compared to 228 overdose deaths in 2015 and 222 deaths in 2014, according to the Division of Forensic Science. Of drug overdoses in Delaware, up to 80 percent of them may involve one or more prescription drugs.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Chapel on DHSS' Herman Holloway Sr. Campus
1901 N. DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
PHOTOS: Speakers, reveal of the updated HelpIsHereDE.com website
QUESTIONS: 302-744-4704

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, and drink almost no sugary beverages.



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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