HARTFORD >> New Haven became one of six local health districts in the state to receive grant funding to fight the opioid epidemic this week, as was announced by Gov. Dannel Malloy and the state department of public health Wednesday.
The grant funding will go towards paying for some the strategic plans Malloy’s office are developing for how to best deal with the opioid crisis. Those exact plans have yet to be released.
According to a release from Malloy’s office, the New Haven health department will receive $30,000 a year for the next three years to combat opioid addiction.
“This is a devastating trend with prescription painkiller and heroin overdoses that is impacting so many communities across our country. Connecticut is not immune. At the state level, we are continuing to build upon our efforts to prevent and fight addition. It’s too important – lives are at stake,” Malloy said in the release. “We are working closely with our local, state, and federal partners and will continue to ensure that those that need help get it. We are pleased to be able to deliver on these grants.”
In addition to New Haven, local health departments in North Haven, New London, Hartford, Bridgeport, and Waterbury will also receive funding.