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Delaware Laws and Programs

  • By: Yael Chatav Schonbrun & Elise N. Titelius
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Recent estimates indicate that approximately 3.1 percent of Delaware citizens report dependence or abuse of illicit substances. Delaware drug laws encompass drug possession, sale, trafficking, and arrest of individuals under the influence of drugs. In 2007, 14 percent of sentenced defendants in Delaware had committed drug offenses, and over 70 percent of these cases involved cocaine. In response to drug law violations, the state of Delaware provides support of correction, recovery, and rehabilitation of offenders through various state-run programs. Generally, Delaware's laws aim to promote prevention and reduce recidivism and rates of relapse.

Laws

Under Title 11 in Section 4754A of the Delaware Code, possession of noncontrolled drugs without a prescription is unlawful. Exceptions to this Section include possession for transferal to or by a licensed healthcare ...

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