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New Haven cocaine dealer gets 1 year behind bars

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register and was written by Anna Bisaro. HARTFORD >> When news broke in late June that a rash of drug overdoses in New Haven had been caused by a bad batch of cocaine laced with fentanyl, Jerome Clay, Sr., brought his supply of the suspected batch back to whom he had gotten it from. This, according to … Continue reading New Haven cocaine dealer gets 1 year behind bars

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Connecticut medical examiner seeks more staffing as fatal drug overdoses surpass 900

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Esteban L. Hernandez  HARTFORD >> The number of overdoses just keeps rising. Fatal drug overdoses in Connecticut topped 900 last year, marking the fifth straight year that accidental drug intoxications continue rising. Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill said Thursday that 917 people died of overdoses in 2016, which surpassed … Continue reading Connecticut medical examiner seeks more staffing as fatal drug overdoses surpass 900

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Inadequate body storage, staff levels costs Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner its national accreditation

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Esteban L. Hernandez FARMINGTON >> Lack of storage space for bodies and shorthanded medical examiners have cost the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner its full national accreditation, the result of deficiencies largely rooted in a spike of fatal drug overdoses in the state. The OCME’s office said in a release … Continue reading Inadequate body storage, staff levels costs Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner its national accreditation

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New Haven seeks $30,000 federal grant to combat opioid crisis

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Esteban L. Hernandez  NEW HAVEN >> The city’s Health Department could receive $30,000 in federal money to address the opioid crisis by providing more resources to local providers helping address overdoses and addiction. Connecticut Department of Public Health spokeswoman Maura Downes confirmed in an email Wednesday that DPH is finalizing a … Continue reading New Haven seeks $30,000 federal grant to combat opioid crisis

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Connecticut man gets prison in drug case connected to woman’s death

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register and was written by Anna Bisaro. BRIDGEPORT >> To close his brief remarks to the court before being sentenced to more than four years in prison, Ronald Weaver, 38, of Waterbury, turned around, stretched out his right hand toward the gallery and said, “I’m sorry.” Lynn Kovask, 50, sat in the front row and nodded her … Continue reading Connecticut man gets prison in drug case connected to woman’s death

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Yale authored CDC report lauds New Haven’s response to fentanyl overdoses

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Esteban L. Hernandez.  NEW HAVEN >> The quick-acting response by city medical, law enforcement and public health officials to last summer’s string of fentanyl overdoses likely limited the potential impact of the drug’s deadly outbreak, according to a report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Morbidity and … Continue reading Yale authored CDC report lauds New Haven’s response to fentanyl overdoses

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East Haven police: Branford man arrested after K9 sniffs out 37 bags of heroin

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register.  EAST HAVEN >> A Branford man was arrested late Sunday after the keen nose of an East Haven K9 allegedly led police to a large amount of drugs in his vehicle. Anthony Cardinali, 27, allegedly had drug paraphernalia in his lap when an officer approached him in the parking lot of McDonalds, 687 Main St., East … Continue reading East Haven police: Branford man arrested after K9 sniffs out 37 bags of heroin