Partnership will provide overdose medication to Delaware communities

Partnership will provide overdose medication to Delaware communities

Free opioid rescue kits, provided via a partnership between the town of Seaford, Aquila Behavioral Health of Delaware, and Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro, will be available Monday in Delaware.

Each kit will contain two doses of Naloxone, and those obtaining the kits will be trained on how to use the overdose reversal medication.

Kits will be distributed to attendees’ cars and are provided by the Division of Public Health. They will be available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Williams Pond Park in Seaford.

“I am proud to join Aquila in offering life-saving overdose reversal kits to residents,” Navarro said. “For individuals who are facing the struggle of addiction, or those who have family members or friends in this fight, a naloxone kit is a must-have. For those in this situation, having naloxone on hand is like having an airbag in your vehicle – we hope that you won’t need to use it, but it is important to have one because it could save a life.”

In Delaware, there were 160 suspected overdose deaths during the first half of the year, a 60 percent increase from 2019. The increase has been attributed to the coronavirus pandemic.