Council president: Sussex County should be involved in battle against deadly opiate addiction

GEORGETOWN – Sussex County Council president Michael Vincent attended a recent public forum on addiction.

The two-hour event organized by atTAcK Addiction and Caring & Sharing of Lower Delmarva opened his eyes.

And broke his heart.

“Very informative, at least to me,” said Mr. Vincent at the Oct. 25 county council meeting. “What struck me in this event was the data; that in this state now there are more people that die per year from opiate overdoses than are killed in car accidents. Basically, it is one person every other day. Last year it was 187 people. To me that is a big number. It is something very important I think to this county and this state.”

Mr. Vincent believes there should be involvement at the county level.

“I have no idea how or what this county government can assist or help but I think it is something we need to pay attention to and if we can become involved to assist private entities or whatever, we need to be doing that,” he said.

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Michael Vincent

“To me we just can’t accept it. We’ve got to do something to try to stop this. We’re losing people. And it’s not just young people. There are people of all ages that this is occurring to,” Mr. Vincent added. “It’s a serious concern in this county. I think we need to sit down and have conversation with some of these people that put these programs together … to see if there is some way this government can assist them in what they do.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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