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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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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.
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.
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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For the next two years, the state will be providing Connecticut hospitals with the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone to be distributed to at-risk patients and their loved ones upon discharge from emergency rooms.
Fewer people died by overdose in 2018 than in the year before, the first time the state saw such a year-over-year decrease since the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner began releasing numbers in 2012.
Gov. Ned Lamont's budget recommendations for criminal justice agencies appear to follow the playbook of the previous administration, focusing on a reduction in crime, declining prison population and second chances.
The Early Screening and Intervention Program "gives the criminal justice system one more set of eyes to see what's going on and maybe do something about it," said New London prosecutor Michael Kennedy.
Michael "Mike Mike" Luciano was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Tuesday for supplying street-level dealers in the New London area with heroin he obtained from sources in Rhode Island and Masachusetts.
Court documents and interviews reveal that in the last weeks of his life, Matthew Lindquist, consumed by addiction and desperate, did business with a drug dealer from Hartford whose capacity for violence he failed to recognize until it was too late.
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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.