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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AP: Connecticut spent more than half of federal opioid funding on treatment

Connecticut has spent more than half of its 21st Century Cures Act funding on opioid addiction treatment, an Associated Press analysis found.

Group seeks to use New London building for base of opioid rehab services

A state-credentialed organization that provides addiction outreach services and operates sober homes in eastern Connecticut is seeking city approval to use a Bank Street building.

Federal money to combat addiction funds treatment, programs, jobs in first year

Funding Congress approved in 2016 helped expand opioid addiction treatment, launch programs and create positions in the region in its first year.

New London man sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for heroin dealing

Luis Gonzalez, 48, who was described as a street-level dealer, pleaded guilty in June to one count of use of a telephone to facilitate the commission of a drug trafficking felony.

East Lyme man sentenced to 18 months for drug sale that led to overdose death

Fred Pardini, 25, was found slumped over the steering wheel of a running car on June 4, 2016, in East Lyme. His 3-year-old son was sleeping in the back seat.

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Need for teen program shows extent of crisis

The program, which combines intensive therapy along with medication-assisted treatment, aims to prevent youth from falling deeper into addiction’s throes.

Continuing local progress in opioid fight

The ultimate measure of a new state law, a New London city ordinance, and a voluntary certification program for sober homes will be whether more addicts survive re-entry into daily life.

Story of hope

George Walker has moved forward, one day at a time, as have millions like him.

A crisis around which nation can unite

In our region and in our state important steps are being taken to confront the opioid crisis, but a national effort must start from the top.

Treat opioid crisis as a national emergency

In a recent report, the commission, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, urged President Trump to declare a national emergency. He should.

Opioid plague demands more federal attention

If 50,000 Americans were dying annually of food poisoning, terrorism or shark attacks, it would get action. But the overdose plague goes relatively unnoticed.

In addiction cases, treat the whole person

Connecticut already has a fairly robust system of social service, mental and physical health providers. They need to better coordinate their efforts.

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.