Delaware Receives Federal Dollars for the “Heroin Response Strategy”

Michael Botticelli, director of the National Drug Control Policy, announced last Monday at Christiana Hospital that Delaware will receive a portion of federal funding to combine law enforcement and public health efforts to reduce trafficking, distribution and use of heroin.

The $2.5 million will fund the “Heroin Response Strategy,” which will create public health and public safety partnerships across 15 states to fight drug use in five high-intensity drug-trafficking regions including Appalachia, New England, Philadelphia/Camden, New York/New Jersey and Washington/Baltimore. This strategy will concentrate on prevention and data collection, rather than punishment.

The money will fund a new drug intelligence officer and public health analyst in each of the 15 states to help share information across state lines to regionally report where drug overdoses are occurring and increase awareness and education to prevent addiction.