Deadly Addiction: Heroin

Faith, recovery and sharing a way of life for Norwich man

Faith, recovery and sharing a way of life for Norwich man

Fifty-two year old Frank Novajovsky heads up the local chapter of Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based recovery program at the Stedfast Baptist Church in Groton. This year, he also has been involved in a community effort to help those addicted to opioids, attending vigils and offering help and prayer.

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Man charged with heroin possession after nodding off in Griswold store

State police said they arrested an 18-year-old for possession of heroin after he "nodded off" Friday inside the Napa Auto Parts store in Griswold.

Connecticut attorney general joins multistate opioid investigation

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is working with a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general from across the nation in investigating whether pharmaceutical manufacturers have unlawfully marketed or sold prescription opioid drugs.

2016's youngest opioid victim remembered by parents, community

A year after 17-year-old Olivia E. Roark died from a fentanyl overdose at a Groton motel, her family plans to attend what should have been her high school graduation and to launch a group dedicated to taking illegal drugs off the street.

Doctors, lawyers and lawmakers team up to take on opioid crisis

Connecticut lawyers who are dealing with opioid addicts in their practices and neighborhoods have joined forces with lawmakers and doctors to shape state and federal response to the epidemic.

Bill targeting opioid crisis heads to Malloy's desk

A bill that builds upon years of state reforms targeting opioid addiction is on its way to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.

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Chipping away at opioid hold on youth

When a teenager or a very young adult is addicted, more future is at stake. A new federal grant will be applied to recovery services for youth in New London and Norwich.

Another step forward

In addressing the passage of the bill, Gov. Malloy was on target in calling the opioid issue “a complex crisis that does not have one root cause, nor does it have simple solution.” But the legislation approved in the recent session is part of the solution.

Draft drugmakers for war on opioid abuse

Endangering of federal funds to treat opioid abuse signals that it's time to look for more allies. Number one should be companies profiting from the sale of opiate painkillers, as called for in Senate bill.

Seeking fiscal support for sober house effort

Making sure those in recovery have the information they need to pick a quality sober house is a big, but worthwhile challenge.

Cautious on court reform

Whether the judicial process can be improved when it comes to providing help rather than prison for drug addicts is a worthwhile discussion to have.

Bipartisan crisis response

The challenge will be adequately parsing the various proposals to determine the most effective, while guarding against unintended and potentially counterproductive consequences.

Cures law proves Washington can work

The legislation should get life-saving and life-enhancing drugs and medical devices to market sooner; boost the availability of mental health treatment; and provide some needed federal dollars to combat the crisis of heroin addiction.

Dark side of direct drug marketing

There is incontrovertible evidence the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing of prescription opioid painkillers and the FDA’s failure to end inappropriate marketing practices are root causes of the heroin and opioid crisis.

Protect, serve, save

Administering lifesaving naloxone to overdose victims has become a responsibility for families and schools as well as certified medical personnel. With newly mandated training, police officers should surely be able to help too.

Stock Narcan in schools

We don't see the downside to having Narcan available to handle a student or adult overdose. There could be a tragic downside to not having it at the ready.

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