A county in Delaware will have additional around-the-clock paramedic coverage amid the state's growing opioid epidemic.
WXDE-FM reported on Thursday that the Sussex County Council voted to approve its $143 million budget proposal for the next fiscal year, which includes increased funding for life-saving paramedics in the Seaford/Blades area.
Councilman Rob Arlett says they have identified a property in the Dagsboro area for consideration as the location of a new paramedic station. Arlett says officials are also looking at spending more on the overdose-reversing drug Narcan.
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So far in 2017, Sussex County has accounted for 24 of Delaware's 100 suspected overdose deaths. The county had 76 of the state's 308 total overdose deaths in 2016.