|Rep. Hudson recently attended a major announcement at Christiana Care during which the federal government committed $2.5 million to help Delaware and 14 other states in the region battle growing heroin and prescription drug abuse.
The funding comes through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy designated New Castle County as part of the program last year.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about two percent of Americans over the age of 12 have used heroin. Over two million people in the U.S. abuse prescription opiod pain relievers, such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Darvon, and Demerol. Overdose deaths attributed to prescription opioids have more than quadrupled in the past decade and a half.