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Delaware's role in the national opioid crisis & what we can do about it
A death a day

Almost once a day, someone in Delaware dies of an opioid overdose. Delaware’s spike in overdoses mirrors the rest of the country, which is in the midst of an opioid crisis that knows no socio-economic or geographic boundaries.

Join UD Professor Tammy Anderson, a nationally recognized researcher in the area of drugs and addiction, and Brittany Horn, the News Journal's lead reporter on the epidemic, for a special joint Front Page Cafe and Science Cafe that will explore how the crisis started, why it’s so bad and how it can be stopped.

Dr. Tammy Anderson

​Dr. Tammy Anderson

The cafe will start at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Trabant Lounge. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Trabant Lounge is on the main concourse level of the Trabant University Center, and parking is available in the garage next door.

The faces of the epidemic come from all walks of life.

In an interview with Delaware Public Media, Anderson said that over-prescribed opiate painkillers were a major contributor to exacerbating the problem.

“I do think the American public’s demand for pain medication has to be part of the solution,” Anderson said. “And we have to wean the country off its demand for painkillers.”

Brittany Horn

​Reporter Brittany Horn

News Journal story by Horn last month took a close look at what officials believe is the cause of many opioid overdoses: fentanyl.

Fentanyl-laced heroin – or at times, straight fentanyl – looks identical to heroin but has about 50 to 100 times the potency. Nationally, illicit fentanyl and related synthetic drugs are involved in half of the country’s nearly 200 deaths every day, according to Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. In Delaware, 51 percent of opioid overdose deaths involve fentanyl, according to the Stateline report.

The joint cafe is sponsored by The Journalism Program, the Center for Science, Ethics & Public Policy, the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, the Center for Drug & Health Studies, the UD Partnership for Healthy Communities and Delaware Humanities. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for its partnership.

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​The opioid crisis is hitting epidemic levels, and the crisis in Delaware is among the nation's worst. A special joint Front Page Cafe & Science Cafe offers answers.

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Oct. 30: A special joint Front Page Cafe / Science Cafe
  • The Journalism Program
  • 221 Memorial Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • 302-831-4921