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Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths

In 2017, there were 955 overdose deaths involving opioids in Connecticut—a rate of 27.7 deaths per 100,000 persons, which is twofold higher than the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 persons (Figure 1). The greatest increase in opioid deaths was see in cases involving synthetic opioids (mainly fentanyl): a rise from 79 deaths in … Continue reading

February 17, 2020 Research & Data

Governor Lamont Announces New Statewide Efforts to Confront Opioid Addiction

and Save Lives State Launches Smartphone App to Assist with Overdose and a Public Awareness Campaign to Educate Residents on Opioid Misuse and Encourage Treatment (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont, the Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) today announced new coordinated efforts to confront and … Continue reading

February 17, 2020 News

Opioid Substance Use Treatment Options in Connecticut

Opioids are pain killers that can be highly addictive if abused and/or misused, and are in the form of heroin or prescription drugs (e.g., Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin).  According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2017 the number of overdose deaths involving opioids was six times higher than in 1999.   In Connecticut, … Continue reading

February 17, 2020 Research & Data