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Pew Charitable Trusts advises officials battling Delaware's opioid crisis

February 14, 2019 10:28 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

From Delaware Public Media 

After about eight months of assessment, the Pew Charitable Trusts is making recommendations to Delaware’s Behavioral Health Consortium on how to further combat the opioid crisis.

Pew’s data shows Delaware had the nation’s 5th highest overdose death rate in 2017 and less than half of the people in the state who need treatment for substance abuse disorder receive it.

It also shows a lack of access to the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine. According to Pew, only five of the state’s 258 physician assistants have obtained a waiver to prescribe it.

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