New 800 Helpline for opioid addiction services

March 11, 2016

Sadly, opioid addiction is getting worse. According to data released recently, 720 Connecticut citizens died of an overdose in 2015. In 2014, it was 327; in 2012, 86. We like to think the problem isn't happening in our towns, but it is and the longer we ignore it, the worse it will get.

The state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has a new toll-free number connecting residents seeking treatment and services for an opioid addiction to local walk-in assessment centers. Residents will now be able to call 1-800-563-4086, 24 hours a day, to connect them or a loved one to a walk-in assessment center in their area.

“With the launch of the 800 number, we will now be able to give residents seeking treatment for opioid abuse a central phone number so they may start on the road to recovery,” said state department Commissioner, Miriam Delphin-Rittmon. “We know that treatment works. By calling this number and connecting to one of our assessment centers, we can get people the support and hope they need to help beat addiction.”

Residents seeking treatment and services for opioid abuse can go to any of the state’s walk-in assessment centers where they will be evaluated. At the assessment center, it will be determined which course of treatment and services the individual is eligible for, what will work best for them and address any insurance-related issues.