Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

January 18, 2017

Opioid related overdoses and deaths are in the headlines far too often. We are in the midst of a public health crisis that impacts families across the state.

I would also like to inform you about Community Speaks Out, an organization I co-founded to walk families through the process of getting addicted-family members into treatment through assistance, support and addiction prevention. 

Community Speaks Out holds monthly support group meetings open to the entire community, participates in community forums to educate about the risks we face when it comes to addiction and has led health classes in our schools to spread awareness to our young people.

To view a calendar of family support groups and other events, click here.

I also invite you to visit the Community Speaks Out here or our Facebook page to learn more about how this program can help with those battling an addiction.

The state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services now has an 800 number for residents seeking opioid treatment - 1-800-563-4086. Please visit my Opioid Epidemic Facts and Rescources page for more information.

If you have questions about this program, feel free to contact me at joe.delacruz@cga.ct.gov.

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