CT's Opioid Crisis

June 2, 2016

In Connecticut, we are seeing an increase in dependence on prescription opioids and heroin. The number of overdose deaths is also on the rise. Connecticut saw 729 drug overdose deaths in 2015. In the first three months of 2016 there have been 208 overdose deaths and projections show Connecticut with over 800 overdose deaths by the end of the year.

(Hartford Courant graphic)

Health care professionals find that in many cases opioid addiction can occur after someone is over-prescribed pain medication such as codeine, OxyContin, Demerol and similar medications.

The state is taking initiative to control this problem. This year, the legislature passed a bi-partisan bill that places certain limits on prescription pain medications and requires health care providers to follow enhanced protocols.

Moreover, for people seeking help with addiction, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has established a new hotline (800-563-4086) directing callers towalk-in addiction assessment centers. If anyone you know needs help, please do not hesitate to reach out anytime to the DMHAS hotline.

I participated in a roundtable this week on the rise of heroin and opioid abuse in Connecticut at the Stamford Government Center with U.S. Senator Murphy and Congressman Himes. We discussed the need for more education and awareness in the community and less stigmatization.

As always, if you ever need anything or if I can help you with an issue, feel free to call me directly on my personal cell phone at 203-962-4619.