Deadly Addiction: Heroin
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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The Waterford man accused of fleeing in his car Monday afternoon after striking a woman and the stroller carrying her 2-year-old daughter on Greentree Drive was under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, according to a police report.
A federal judge sentenced Melvin Correa to five months in prison, time already served, and five years of supervised release for selling fentanyl connected overdose deaths in East Hartford, Manchester, Montville, and Southington.
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A Groton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of distribution of heroin and cocaine in connection with the death of a Groton man in April 2017, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut.
The City Council on Monday will consider joining a multimunicipality lawsuit against 23 pharmaceutical companies for costs associated with the opioid crisis, including emergency response costs, higher health insurance costs for employees and worker’s compensation.
Members of the New England Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs last week adopted a position statement, written by Old Mystic Fire Chief Kenneth W. Richards Jr., that calls for a stronger and more cohesive response to the crisis from the local to the international level.
The city is considering a groundbreaking change to a city ordinance that would create a licensing process to define, identify and open the city’s sober houses to annual inspections — a response to the ongoing opioid addiction crisis.
"Our goal and vision is a system of coordinated access that is low-barrier and on demand," said Jennifer Muggeo, supervisor of administration and finance for Ledge Light Health District, who will serve as a liaison for the funding requests.
The Groton Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention used money from a Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services grant program, intended to help communities confront the prescription opioid crisis, to pay for 250 disposal pouches that deactivate unwanted prescription drugs on a molecular level.
An opioid drug intended to tranquilize large animals has made its way to southeastern Connecticut, according to the latest data on fatal drug overdoses from the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
On Monday, a board of Connecticut doctors will hear appeals to add four more conditions to the list of 22 conditions approved for medical marijuana treatment, including one not allowed in any other states with medical marijuana programs: opioid addiction.
The Chief Medical Examiner testified Friday that the state’s medical examiners have had to perform so many autopsies due partly to drug overdoses, that the office lost full national accreditation last year.
Old Mystic Fire Chief Kenneth W. Richards, a member of the executive board of the New England Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, barely had time to raise the motion before at least three chiefs seconded it. The vote that followed was unanimous, he said.
Coaches with the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery have helped about 700 people in eight emergency departments across the state by telling them about local treatment programs, connecting them to the recovery communities near them and advising them about their medical options for treating addiction.
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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.