By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) - A new detox center expected to open within a few weeks in Harrington is part of a broader expansion of substance abuse treatment and recovery services in Delaware, officials said Wednesday.

The new clinic, aimed at helping people in Kent and Sussex counties, will complement an existing one in New Castle County. The clinics will operate with the help of $750,000 that was included in some $4.4 million in new funding approved by lawmakers earlier this year to expand substance abuse services.

Gov. Jack Markell sought the funding in his January budget proposal, noting that 185 Delawareans died from a suspected drug overdose last year and nearly 10,000 adults sought public treatment for addiction.

In addition to funding for the detox centers, officials plan to spend:

- $800,000 on new residential treatment programs statewide by reconfiguring an existing program at Delaware City and opening three 16-bed units, increasing the number of beds from 78 to 95.

- $935,000 to double the number of sober-living residential beds statewide from 60 to 120, allowing more individuals in early stages of recovery to live in secure housing free from drugs and alcohol.

- $1.1 million to double the number of residential treatment beds from 16 to 32 for young people age 18 to 25 who are beginning their recoveries from addiction to heroin or other opiates.

- $815,000 on start-up costs for residential treatment programs.

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