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Police: 57 bags of heroin found in Middletown apartment near 3-year-old

This story was originally published in the Middletown Press. MIDDLETOWN >> A city man and woman are facing charges after Middletown police say they found heroin in an apartment where the couple lived with a young child. Juan Pagan-Rivera, 27, and Lourdes Torreira, 26, had marijuana, prescription pills and 57 bags of heroin in their Grove Street apartment, near Macdonough Elementary School, police said. Detectives … Continue reading Police: 57 bags of heroin found in Middletown apartment near 3-year-old

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Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office release short film: The Opioid Crisis Hits Home

The Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office last month released a short film about the state’s opioid crisis titled “The Opioid Crisis Hits Home: Stories from Connecticut.” The 15-minute films features interviews with law enforcement officials, medical professionals and community leaders. The video includes Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly, who’s spearheaded initiatives investigating overdoses in the state. “We at the U.S. Attorney’s Office are dedicating significant … Continue reading Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office release short film: The Opioid Crisis Hits Home

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Gov. Malloy proposes new legislation targeting Connecticut’s opioid crisis

Image courtesy of WFSB live-feed HARTFORD >> Gov. Dannel Malloy’s first legislative proposal of 2017 will target the state’s opioids crisis by monitoring narcotics prescriptions, requiring more prescribers to provide information about addiction risk and allowing patients to refuse opioid prescriptions. Malloy unveiled his proposed legislative package during a press conference at Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited, a holistic wellness center in Hartford. The presser introduced … Continue reading Gov. Malloy proposes new legislation targeting Connecticut’s opioid crisis

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Middletown cops: Man had 66 bags of heroin hidden in his shoe, coat

This story was originally published in the Middletown Press  MIDDLETOWN >> A marijuana deal earlier this week led to the arrest of a city man for narcotics dealing after detectives discovered he was carrying 66 bags of heroin, the majority of which he had hidden in his shoe, police allege. On Jan. 10, an officer in an unmarked car surveilling the Main and Ferry streets … Continue reading Middletown cops: Man had 66 bags of heroin hidden in his shoe, coat

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Torrington police respond to overdose on South Main Street; Ridgefield man found dead

This story originally appeared in the Register Citizen and was written by Ben Lambert.  TORRINGTON >> The Torrington Police Department responded to a reported overdose Thursday finding a Ridgefield man who was pronounced dead at the scene, Lt. Bart Barown said Friday. The man, who was 29 years old, was found unresponsive and pronounced at 202 South Main St. after his roommate made a call … Continue reading Torrington police respond to overdose on South Main Street; Ridgefield man found dead

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Connecticut medical examiner warns of dangerous designer drug: furanyl fentanyl

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register and was written by Esteban L. Hernandez. Connecticut has joined nearly two dozen other states in reporting fatal overdoses involving a designer version of fentanyl that was recently designated a Schedule I drug by the federal government. Furanyl fentanyl is an illicit, designer version of fentanyl that’s been identified in fatal overdoses here in the last … Continue reading Connecticut medical examiner warns of dangerous designer drug: furanyl fentanyl

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Torrington police respond to three suspected overdoses, two fatal, in single day

This story originally appeared in the Register Citizen on Jan. 3 and was written by Ben Lambert TORRINGTON >> The Torrington Police Department responded to three suspected overdoses, two fatal, last Thursday, Lieutenant Bart Barown said Tuesday. According to Barown, officers were dispatched to 33 Prospect Street — listed online as the address of Key Recovery Communities — at 6:53 a.m. to respond to a … Continue reading Torrington police respond to three suspected overdoses, two fatal, in single day