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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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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.
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.
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Three community groups whose members never had a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones have organized a memorial and community awareness event Saturday for people affected by sudden loss and those hoping to prevent the loss.
Ernesto Quinones accepted a mid-trial plea deal knowing Senior Assistant State's Attorney Paul J. Narducci was about to broadcast to the jury a video of an interrogation of Quinones in which, according to testimony, Quinones spoke with police in a "forthright and cordial" manner after being arrested in April 2015.
A 52-year-old New London man who was representing himself when he went on trial Tuesday in New London Superior Court for selling heroin decided he wanted a lawyer after he began to cross-examine the state's first witness, a state police detective from the Statewide Narcotics Task Force.
In a recently published study, federal researchers found they could use existing technology to detect minute amounts of fentanyl mixed in with heroin and other materials — without ever opening the bags containing the substances.
Using National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, AAA on Wednesday found that, of the drivers who died in 2015 in crashes across the state, 63 percent had either legal or illegal drugs in their system.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, over a four-year period beginning in 2010, APRN Arlene Dumais wrote more prescriptions than any other health care provider in Connecticut for Vivitrol, an injectable medication used to treat opiate and alcohol addiction and for which the state paid $1,100 or more for each prescription.
A long-term investigation by the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force East and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration led to the sentencing of a New London man in federal court Wednesday.
Appellate Judges Eliot D. Prescott, Raheem L. Mullins and Robert E. Beach Jr., who usually hear cases in Hartford, traveled to the University of Connecticut and held court in the Rome Ballroom as part of the court's annual "On Circuit" program to provide students and the public a better understanding of the appellate process.
State Police Sgt. Mark Juhola, who is stationed as Montville's resident state trooper, has spent the last 12 months drafting a policy outlining Montville officers’ use of naloxone, more commonly known by the brand name Narcan.
The Norwich Youth and Family Services/ch Prevention Council is hosting a quilting event Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rose City Senior Center as part of a statewide effort to create a Remembrance Quilt for victims of substance abuse.
Despite the looming prospect of deep cuts in federal spending for addiction prevention and treatment, a group of public health advocates asked Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Thursday to help secure funds to begin a multi-agency collaborative action that would develop innovative approaches to tackling the opioid crisis.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.