New detox center said to open this summer: ‘link people with treatment’

Spartan Station, Harrington

Spartan Station, Harrington

HARRINGTON — The ‘ heroin epidemic’ boils down to one thing for Adam Taylor, “An easy to get bag of heroin for $35,” or one Percocet pill for $30, he said.

“All it means now is that it’s in the suburbs and small towns; and the reason for that is pain killers,” he said.

Mr. Taylor is the spokesperson for Connections Community Support Programs, Inc.

“In short, Americans deal with pain by popping pills, more so than any other country,” he said.

Thunder, lightning and heavy rain meshed with personal testimony of heroin and opioid, or narcotic painkiller use and talk of a new detox facility for Harrington June 23 during, “a night of education and awareness.”

CEO and President Cathy Devaney McKay said the new medication assisted treatment location to be housed in Spartan Station will probably open around the middle of August with hopes of employing about 30 people to include nurses, counselors and recovery coaches.

“Our hope is that we’ll be able to really link people with treatment in Kent and Sussex counties,” she said, a hope that can’t be met currently due to a lack of local resources, according to Ms. McKay.

She said, “Often, via the police, they get driven to New Castle County to Kirkwood detox. This probably prevents people from starting their recovery.”

Because the new facility is considered a hospital by zoning standards, Ms. McKay said it was difficult finding a location zoned to accept the 28-bed treatment center.

Harrington was one of the few.

Sixteen of those beds will be for overnights and ‘used mostly for those who need to withdrawal under medical supervision,’ she said, while 12 will be utilized for up to 23-hour stints. Connections is also planning a partial hospital or outpatient center for people who have finished detox, but need somewhere to go during the day for continued support.

The organization hopes to ‘ be a good neighbor,’ according to Ms. McKay, who said local residents can expect some additional traffic flow due to transporting clients to and from the facility.

“I honestly had no idea before I came down here that there are no other detox facilities in lower Delaware. And that disgusts me,” John Mabrey said, one of the ‘young people in recovery’ who spoke during the event.

Another ‘young person in recovery,’ Tim Miller, spoke on the benefits of support programs such as the facility to be opened in Harrington. He said, “Without recovery fellowships, caring people, I wouldn’t be here. I had to go to jail to get sober. But now I’m a productive member of society.”

Connections has served more than 35,000 people in a variety of programming including housing, healthcare, employment and other offerings. As one of the largest non-profit organizations in Dela ware, it seeks to provide a ‘circle of care’ which offers clients a ‘medical home where they feel comfortable,’ according to its website.

For those who have lost loved ones to addiction, like David Humes of AtTAcK Addiction whose son died in 2012, finding good support is crucial to the recovery process.

He said, “Heroin is really serious. It’s deadly serious. His [son’s] death certificate tells me so. There is hope because this room is full tonight.”


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