DOVER — The Delaware Division of Well being and Social Providers’ Division of Public Well being introduced final week that Delawareans battling dependancy can now order free naloxone by mail.
Rising entry to naloxone is essential to stopping overdose deaths as extra individuals are battling anxiousness, despair and monetary stress stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the DPH stated. Receiving in-person help and therapy is extra presently difficult resulting from social distancing, which prevents assembly at in-person help teams.
Mail-order naloxone is out there by a Memorandum of Understanding between the DHSS and the New York-based harm-reduction nonprofit NEXT Distro. NEXT Distro operates in 35 states and has distributed free naloxone to 16,000 households in the US since 2018. The remedy, additionally identified by its model identify Narcan, can reverse opioid drug overdoses by restoring somebody’s respiratory that has develop into suppressed from an overdose.
“DPH’s settlement with NEXT Distro couldn’t come at a greater time,” stated DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay in a press release. “Delaware is experiencing a simultaneous improve in COVID-19 instances and drug overdose deaths. Those that want naloxone probably the most can now order it privately and conveniently, avoiding any stigma that could possibly be a barrier to accessing the life-saving remedy. Holding exterior distribution occasions can also be turning into tougher due to the chilly climate, making this an excellent choice to get naloxone within the fingers of those that want it probably the most.”
A complete of 316 suspected overdose deaths have occurred by early December this 12 months in Delaware, which is larger than the variety of suspected overdose deaths for a similar interval in 2019, in response to preliminary knowledge from the Delaware Division of Forensic Science. Since overdose deaths sometimes spike in December, that quantity is predicted to develop. In 2019, 431 folks died from drug overdoses in Delaware, in response to the DFS.
“We all know that the COVID-19 pandemic is troublesome for all of us mentally and emotionally, however none extra so than Delawareans battling dependancy, psychological sickness or each,” stated DHSS Secretary Molly Magarik. “As a result of the vacations can add to that current stress degree and could also be a set off level for folks with substance-use dysfunction, this new initiative is coming at a very essential time. Households in our state can finest assist their struggling family members by ordering naloxone and connecting them to therapy.”
Delawareans who need to place a mail order for naloxone ought to go to the “Overdose Prevention” web page on HelpIsHereDE.com and entry NEXT Distro’s Delaware program. Clients should watch a video, take a brief quiz, and full a request type. DPH will obtain the request from NEXT Distro’s digital platform and can mail people free naloxone. Folks will obtain their naloxone inside just a few days. All contact info shall be saved confidential.
Delawareans can nonetheless receive Narcan or naloxone and not using a prescription at pharmacies, and Narcan at overdose prevention trainings and naloxone distribution occasions. Since January 2020, neighborhood companions hosted 80 such occasions, 62 of which had been held car-side after COVID-19 emerged as a well being disaster within the spring. Throughout the first three quarters of 2020, OHCR’s Group-based Naloxone Entry program distributed 6,263 naloxone kits by its neighborhood companions, together with Group Response Groups in every county.
For extra details about mail-order naloxone, Narcan, OpiRescue DE, or digital sources designed to assist these battling dependancy, go to HelpIsHereDE.com.
The web site gives info on digital help teams, a searchable real-time database on therapy choices and availability, and free counseling by way of the 24/7 Delaware Hope Line. HelpIsHereDe.com additionally offers instructions for the disposal of unused prescriptions and an inventory of 28 prescription drop containers out there all through the state.
Guests also can discover prevention info together with Narcan and the OpiRescue DE app. A HelpisHereDE.com consciousness marketing campaign started this month and can run all year long on billboards, radio, and social media; in bus shelters; and at 39 grocery shops and pharmacies statewide.
Throughout dependancy or psychological well being emergencies, name the DHSS’ 24/7 Delaware Hope Line at 1-833-9-HOPEDE.