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.

GALLERIES: Deadly Addiction: Heroin

Judge releases redacted court document in Griswold teen death case

The case of a man serving an eight-year sentence in connection with the death of Griswold teen Olivia Roark served as an example of the government's practice of offering offenders leniency in order to obtain information that leads to additional arrests.

Researchers pose as heroin users to find treatment gaps

Posing as heroin users seeking help, researchers contacted hundreds of treatment clinics in U.S. states with the highest overdose death rates. The "secret shoppers" were denied appointments much of the time, especially if they said they were insured through Medicaid.

Firefighters now following up with those who overdose in New London

A plan first discussed last year became reality Tuesday, as a firefighter joined an outreach worker to follow up with people who have overdosed in the city.

Man to serve six years for drug-fueled attack on senior in New London

The mother of a man who assaulted and robbed an 88-year-old man in the parking lot of a Walgreens in New London last year thanked a judge Monday for keeping her son in prison while his case was pending in New London Superior Court.

Experts: Latest opioid bill good-hearted but needs tweaks

An opioid-related bill that tackles treatment, training and overdose prevention is good-hearted but should be tweaked, public and private sector experts said during a Public Health Committee hearing Monday.

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OPINION

Busting a drug ring

That local businesses were implicated in the alleged laundering of drug money added to the disheartening and disconcerting aspects of this story.

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.

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