Four people were found dead Dec. 13 in New Castle County from suspected overdoses in separate incidents, increasing the concern for additional spikes in deaths during the holidays and prompting health officials to urge people with addiction and their families to seek out a connection to treatment.

Through Dec. 13, the total number of deaths from suspected overdoses this year in Delaware is 227.

The Division of Public Health has special holiday-themed digital advertising set to run through New Year’s Day on Facebook, Instagram and various websites. The digital ads encourage those with addiction to “Picture a Holiday Without Addiction” and links the viewer directly to

DHSS’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Director Elizabeth Romero encouraged individuals in active substance use to see a medical provider immediately or call DHSS’ 24/7 Crisis Services Hotline to be connected to trained crisis professionals who can discuss treatment options. In New Castle County, the number is 800-652-2929. In Kent and Sussex counties, the number is 800-345-6785. Individuals and families also can visit for addiction treatment and recovery services in Delaware or nearby states.