New Haven program uses faith, immersive support to help people end substance abuse

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and written by Anna Bisaro.  NEW HAVEN >> John Zurlo sat with his eyes closed as seven men and one woman placed their hands on his shoulders to pray together on a recent day in a brightly lit room that was decorated with blue balloons and streamers. The eight praying aloud had walked the same … Continue reading New Haven program uses faith, immersive support to help people end substance abuse

Torrington police arrest 5 at Lakeside Motel, recover drugs and paraphernalia

This story originally appeared in the Register Citizen and was written by Emily Olson. TORRINGTON >> Two men and three women were arrested Monday, after Torrington Police Department’s Detective Division and members of the Special Response Team executed a search and seizure warrant at the Lakeside Motel on Winsted Road. The police department reported it had received several complaints about criminal activity taking place at … Continue reading Torrington police arrest 5 at Lakeside Motel, recover drugs and paraphernalia

Police: Wallingford woman got 174 Percocet pills with fake prescriptions

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register  HAMDEN >> A former drug store employee is facing forgery charges after police say she stole several prescription pads from her job, forged a physician’s name and obtained several prescriptions illegally. Deane Burkhart, 45, of Wallingford, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday charging her with seven counts of illegally obtaining prescription drugs, seven counts of … Continue reading Police: Wallingford woman got 174 Percocet pills with fake prescriptions

4 arrested as New Haven police find cocaine, heroin in container of rice and beans

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register.  NEW HAVEN >> A 27-year-old city man and three of his friends are facing drug charges after officers investigate a domestic dispute and end up finding 25 bags of heroin and three bags of cocaine, police said. The cocaine and heroin, along with a bag of marijuana and drug packaging materials, were found inside a container … Continue reading 4 arrested as New Haven police find cocaine, heroin in container of rice and beans

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

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

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