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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Judicial Branch forms task force to study feasibility of opioid intervention courts

One of the first orders of business will be to look at programs currently available to help defendants who are dependent on drugs, according to the agenda.

City rescinds zoning approval for opioid treatment facility

The city’s Planning Department rescinded its zoning approval for an opioid addiction treatment facility on Montauk Avenue after a second look at the group’s mission statement.

Bethsaida receives $200,000 to launch substance abuse program for women

Bethsaida Community, a nonprofit that helps women who are low-income, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, has received a $200,000 grant to launch a substance abuse program first envisioned early last year.

Connecticut OCME projecting slight decrease in overdose deaths

The state could see fewer overdose deaths this year than last even as the powerful opioid fentanyl becomes increasingly prevalent, state Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill said Thursday.

Mother's mission to end addiction stigma continues Saturday in Griswold

Anyone who is touched by addiction or interested in learning more is invited to the Matt's Mission event, which is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Park in Jewett City.

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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.

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