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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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Two men were charged with possession of narcotics and possession of more than one ounce of narcotics with intent to sell after troopers said they found a 2.3-pound brick of compressed white powder, suspected to be fentanyl, under the rear seat cushion of a silver Honda Accord.
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The Hartford Dispensary, which operates nine methadone clinics in Connecticut, including one each in New London and Norwich, has agreed to pay the government $627,000 to resolve allegations the dispensary made false representations between 2009 and 2015 that it had a qualified medical director.
During a 1½-hour interview, area members of the group chose to talk about recovery rather than the drugs they took, but nobody corrected Stephen, 63, when he said, "I think it's safe to say that all of us used heroin."
If you have been shocked and frightened by recent government reports on the growth in the number of Americans addicted to and dying from heroin, brace yourself for some more bad news: The problem is even worse than government data indicate.
Your likelihood of getting an opioid prescription varies significantly depending on the county where your prescriber is, according to The Day’s analysis of federal data obtained by the Associated Press.
The state Appellate Court has affirmed a New London Superior Court jury's decision to award $512,000 to the survivors of Jill Procaccini, a 32-year-old woman who died of a methadone overdose in 2008 within hours of being treated for an overdose and released from Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.
The town that has branded itself the Sunflower Capital of New England to play up its connection to a beloved summer festival at a local farm is not hiding from its darker designation as the place where state troopers have revived more people with Narcan than anywhere else in Connecticut.
The cleanup of an open-air heroin market that has thrived for decades along a set of train tracks miles outside the heart of Philadelphia has started, but officials are cautioning that the effort will be long and difficult.
Timothy Paprocki and Brent Johnston had much in common when they met a few years ago in a drug rehabilitation class, two millennials who grew up in southeastern Connecticut, loved to skateboard and couldn't shake their addiction to heroin.
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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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.