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DHSS Press Release

Josette Manning, Secretary
For more information, contact Tim Mastro,
Deputy Director of Communications, Tel:(302) 573-0387 or

Date: January 30, 2024


MILFORD (January 30, 2024) - The Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) presented the Gold Restaurant Accolade Program Award to High 5 Hospitality today at its new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Milford.

The Restaurant Accolade Program has successfully trained 124 restaurants to recognize and respond to an overdose, making these restaurants Bronze level awardees. Thirty-three restaurants have identified staff members who are willing to link staff to local treatment and harm reduction resources in Delaware, making them Silver level awardees. High 5 Hospitality is the first restaurant group to achieve the Gold level award by putting into place policies and procedures to support staff who struggle with substance use, training staff to recognize and respond to an overdose, and providing local resources to those who may need them.

"We are proud of our leaders and team members for being the first hospitality group to achieve the Gold level status," said Lori Ewald, High 5 Hospitality Director of Human Resources and Marketing. "This training has helped our team members gain an increased awareness of the opioid crisis and provided them with tools to save a life. When people ask why we participate in this program, my response is simple - Why wouldn't we?"

Restaurants are one of the industries whose workforce has historically had a high incidence of overdose. In Delaware, 549 restaurant staff members have been trained to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. Staff and restaurants were given Narcan kits to use and keep on site.

"We congratulate High 5 Hospitality on being the first group to reach our Gold status," said Frances Marti, DSAMH Deputy Director. "It is vital to meet individuals in the communities and spaces where they live, work, and play and we appreciate all the restaurants that have partnered with us in this program. This program is very important to providing support to restaurants and their patrons and staff in our fight to combat overdoses and addiction".

Restaurants can schedule training and get more information by contacting

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction in Delaware, call the DHSS 24/7 Crisis Hotline to be connected to treatment and recovery options. In New Castle County, call 1-800-652-2929. Or in Kent and Sussex counties, call 1-800-345-6785.

For free 24/7 counseling, coaching, and support, as well as links to mental health, addiction, and crisis services call the Delaware Hope Line at 1-833-9-HOPEDE. To search for treatment and recovery services in Delaware or nearby states, visit

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.