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An Overview of Addiction in Delaware

Delaware is a small state with a big drug problem. Its proximity to New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia (three major illegal drug markets) make Delaware vulnerable to numerous illicit substance threats. The state’s main highway (I-95) and geographical positioning have made it an ideal shipping and distribution haven for traffickers from many different states and markets. This has brought about violent gangland territorialism and a host of other illegal activities.

Heroin, powder cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana are the four most available, popular and trafficked illegal drugs in Delaware. Heroin is the state’s most immediate drug problem, with cocaine closely following. Marijuana, the most commonly abused illegal substance in the state, has led to the development of other more serious addiction problems.

Delaware has the 10th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, with 16.6 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities, and sees somewhere between 15-16 deadly overdoses every month.

Key Substance Abuse Problems in Delaware

  • The latest spike in heroin use is a result of a successful crackdown on the abuse of prescription painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin. Doctors began to prescribe the drugs less and manufacturers made the tablets harder for addicts to crush so they couldn’t snort or inject them. The cost of the pills skyrocketed as the supply dried up. Today, a single 30-milligram Percocet can cost $30.
  • Today’s heroin is more plentiful, purer and cheaper than ever before. Twenty years ago, heroin was 17 percent pure and cost $10 a bag. Today, it’s around 67 percent pure and can be purchased in Wilmington for as little as $3 a bag.
  • Heroin clearly took the place of the prescription drugs. 9,897 adults sought public treatment for addiction in 2014 in Delaware. Three out of 10 listed heroin as their primary drug at the time of admission.
  • Delaware is starting to see instances of Krokodil (a codeine derivative usually home-manufactured and mixed with a number of other substances) in the southern part of the state. It’s a concern for the state, as is an increase in methamphetamine as evidenced by the number of home lab seizures.
  • On June 19, 2015, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed into law a bill decriminalizing possession and private use of small amounts of marijuana, following the lead of nearly 20 states that have eased penalties for personal consumption.
  • Delawareans, on average, drink more alcohol per year (3.59 gallons) than the residents of every other state except top-ranked New Hampshire (4.65 gallons) and No. 2 Washington, D.C. (3.89 gallons).

Help for addiction in Delaware

If you or a loved one are abusing drugs or alcohol in Delaware, the compassionate addiction specialists at recoveryas.com want to hear from you. They will pair you with a drug addiction rehabilitation center that will get you on the road to recovery and a clean and sober life.

If your insurance coverage is with one of the following companies, recoveryas.com can help you find the help you need. We can work with any PPO coverage and also offer affordable self-pay and financing options for addiction treatment.

Cigna Aetna Anthem Blue Cross
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If you want more information about our services or are looking for drug or alcohol addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one, give us a toll-free call today at 1 (877) 968-6283.