Penny Rogers talks about losing her 23-year-old son, Vincente Tambourelli, to heroin. Wochit
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Frances Russo-Avena, a registered nurse, saved the life of a family friend staying in her home from a drug overdose by administering naloxone. Gov. John Carney is signing Senate Bill 48 to allow pharmacists to sell naloxone over the counter. Jennifer Corbett/The News Journal
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Tuesday, Governor. John Carney signed three bills focused on stemming the opioid and heroin epidemic plaguing the state. Daniel Sato/The News Journal/WOCHIT
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Philadelphia‘s West Kensington and Fairhill neighborhoods are a major origin for the addicted community in Delaware to get heroin. Dealers and users make the short trip up and down I-95 keeping a healthy supply in the state. Jennifer Corbett/The News Journal
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Pat has helped care for her son’s three children since he and his wife lost custody of the children over 10 years ago because of their drug addiction. Jennifer Corbett/The News Journal
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Connections CEO Cathy McKay talks about how the heroin opioid epidemic has caused a rise in child neglect cases and how to handle them. Jennifer Corbett/The News Journal
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Opioid crisis hits home for mother who lost son
Delaware in crisis over heroin epidemic
New law gives better access to naloxone
New laws increase access to addiction treatment
Improved website helps addiction community find help
Heroin’s journey to Delaware
Grandmother takes on responsibility of raising her son’s children
Heroin epidemic ties to child abuse cases
A Wilmington physician has been charged with illegally prescribing more than 7,000 oxycodone pills from Dec. 2012 to Feb. 2016, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Dr. Charles Esham, who no longer has an active Delaware medical license but previously had an office in Wilmington, was indicted Friday on 76 counts of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and distribution of oxycodone – a highly addictive painkiller more commonly known by the brand name Oxycontin, according to federal prosecutors.
Prosecutors say Esham issued the prescriptions outside of his professional practice and “not for a legitimate medical purpose,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Each of the 76 felony counts carries up to 20 years in prison, the office said.
HEROIN: Delaware’s deadly crisis
“The charges against Dr. Esham illustrate our office’s commitment to combat those who contribute to the opioid crisis, whether they deal drugs on the street or out of a medical office,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Weiss in a statement.
Investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Newark Police Department, Delaware State Police, New Castle County Police Department, Maryland State Police, Wilmington Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, University of Delaware Police and the Philadelphia Police Department all participated in the investigation.
The charges come in the midst of what many Delawareans consider to be the public health crisis of this generation.
A memorial bookmark from Penny Rogers 23 year-old son Vincente Tambourelli memorial service after he died from a heroin overdose. (Photo: Jennifer Corbett, The News Journal)
Earlier this week, health officials issued a warning for those using heroin in Kent County after two people died from overdoses last weekend. The county has not seen the number of overdose deaths that New Castle and Sussex counties regularly report.
OVERDOSE DEATHS: Kent County deaths push Delaware’s overdose toll to 171
A NATIONAL BATTLE: Delaware’s heroin crisis: Federal state of emergency could help treatment
The News Journal has also chronicled Delaware’s battle with the heroin and opioid epidemic, traveling to Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Florida in attempts to see solutions that are working in other places.
Last year, New Castle County police launched Hero Help – a program that offers treatment over incarceration for low-level drug offenses – in attempts to get those suffering with addiction the help they need.
“Too many times, our police officers and other first responders see first-hand the dangers of heroin and fentanyl-related overdoses,” said state Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker earlier this week. “Our first priority is to save lives.”
How to get help
New Castle County hotline: (800) 652-2929
Kent and Sussex counties hotline: (800) 345-6785
Contact Brittany Horn at (302) 324-2771 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @brittanyhorn.
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