Holiday Weekend Triggers Surge of Delaware Drug Overdoses
It’s supposed to be a time for turkey, stuffing, family and football. However, for 11 Delaware residents, the Thanksgiving weekend turned deadly.
“We know that people who are suffering from addiction are vulnerable, and those vulnerabilities often become heightened during the holidays,” said DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker in a written statement. “The holidays can be stressful and may be a trigger point for people struggling with substance use disorder.”
According to Delaware Health and Social Services eight victims were from New Castle County while three were from Kent and Sussex counties. The deaths involved both men and women ages 23 to 62, DHSS officials said.
The total number of 2017 overdose deaths in the nation’s first state now totals 215. As the holiday season continues, DHSS officials fear that total could grow higher.
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