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Connecticut opioid crisis: Federal sentences a complex web, even after overdose deaths

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register and was written by Anna Bisaro. DERBY >> Within a week of Louis Ahearn’s death from an accidental overdose, the man who sold him his last bag of heroin was arrested on federal drug-distribution charges. Ahearn, 23, was not a known heroin abuser. According to his mother, Gina Mattei, he had admitted to trying heroin for … Continue reading Connecticut opioid crisis: Federal sentences a complex web, even after overdose deaths

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New Haven men plead guilty in connection to fentanyl overdoses

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register. HARTFORD >> Two New Haven men each have pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance in connection with a series of overdoses that plagued the city in late June, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. On June 23, 17 individuals, who reportedly believed they were using … Continue reading New Haven men plead guilty in connection to fentanyl overdoses

Man hospitalized following heroin overdose in North Haven

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register.  NORTH HAVEN >> A man responded to lifesaving efforts and is in the hospital recovering after police say they administered a dose of Narcan to a man suffering from a heroin overdose. North Haven police responded Friday at around 3:20 p.m. to a Glenn Road address for a report of a heroin overdose, police spokesman Capt. … Continue reading Man hospitalized following heroin overdose in North Haven

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Pair in Torrington found with 100 packets of heroin

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register TORRINGTON >> A city woman and a Burlington man were arrested Tuesday night after Torrington police allegedly saw them make a drug transaction, then found 100 heroin packets in their possession. Jolie Cooper, 56, and Joshua Lamonte, 32, were taken into custody at Cumberland Farms, 1082 E. Main St., police spokesman Lt. Bart Barown III said … Continue reading Pair in Torrington found with 100 packets of heroin

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Nonprofit finds most common age group for opioid dependence is 19-35, based on insurance claims

It’s no secret that an opioid crisis has hit the country. And a nonprofit known as FAIR Health has used insurance claims to figure out which populations have been hit the hardest by opioid dependence and abuse. According to the report, opioid dependence is considered a more severe diagnosis than opioid abuse. “Dependence is characterized by such symptoms as tolerance (needing larger amounts to produce … Continue reading Nonprofit finds most common age group for opioid dependence is 19-35, based on insurance claims

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New Haven alder seeks public hearing to address drug addiction

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register by Esteban L. Hernandez. NEW HAVEN >> Alder Richard Furlow felt concern and frustration as he noticed the woman rolling on the ground, under the effects of some sort of drug. The woman’s condition would have been a personal turmoil if not for the setting: The effects were being showcased in public view, during a festival on … Continue reading New Haven alder seeks public hearing to address drug addiction

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Murphy tells Ansonia officials he will seek funding for opioid crisis

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich ANSONIA >> U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy says if $4 billion in emergency funding was found to fight 10 reported cases of Ebola in 2014, there has to be money to fight the “crippling” opioid epidemic that is spiraling out of control. Murphy, D-Conn., paid a visit Friday to BHcare, the region’s local mental … Continue reading Murphy tells Ansonia officials he will seek funding for opioid crisis