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Connecticut U.S. attorney’s office working to help parents of fatal overdose victims

WATCH VIDEO HERE This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register and was written by Anna Bisaro.  HARTFORD >> Less than six months after her son died from an accidental overdose, Gina Mattei stood before a federal judge and spoke of the wife and children her son would never have because of the defendant sitting in the courtroom. Louis Ahearn, 23, had big dreams … Continue reading Connecticut U.S. attorney’s office working to help parents of fatal overdose victims

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Researchers think cannabis can help solve opioid crisis

This article originally appeared in the New Haven Register and was written by Ed Stannard.  Researchers at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center believe medical marijuana can help solve the epidemic of opioid addiction in Connecticut. The Hartford medical center has been given the go-ahead to conduct the first study in the state on cannabis, which they will use to treat pain from multiple rib … Continue reading Researchers think cannabis can help solve opioid crisis

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Torrington police: 4 arrested, bags of heroin seized in search

This story originally appeared in the Register Citizen. Photo caption: From left to right, top to bottom: Christopher Ostrander, Carmen Ostrander, Francisco Nevarez Jr., Stephanie Metevier TORRINGTON >> Two Torrington men, a Torrington woman and a Waterbury woman are facing charges after city police say they found dozens of bags of heroin in a local apartment earlier this week. Christopher Ostrander, 54, of Torrington; Carmen Ostrander … Continue reading Torrington police: 4 arrested, bags of heroin seized in search

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Senate allocates $1 billion to fight addiction, bill heading to White House

WASHINGTON >> U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn, announced that the Senate has passed a bill that would allow for $1 billion to be allocated to fight opioid addiction. “The bill provides $1 billion over 2 years for grants targeting opioid abuse prevention and treatment activities, such as improving prescription drug monitoring programs, implementing prevention activities, training for health care providers, and expanding access to opioid … Continue reading Senate allocates $1 billion to fight addiction, bill heading to White House

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New Haven man who sold drugs that caused 14 overdoses sentenced to 7 years

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register and was written by Anna Bisaro.  HARTFORD >> A federally convicted cocaine dealer from New Haven will serve one year in prison for each person that died as a result of a batch of fentanyl-laced cocaine he sold in late June, a decision made after a tense sentencing hearing in which a defense attorney pushed the … Continue reading New Haven man who sold drugs that caused 14 overdoses sentenced to 7 years

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Family Drug Awareness group in New Haven puts personal touch on addiction

This story was originally published in the New Haven Registerwas originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Anna Bisaro.  NEW HAVEN >> Never having experimented with drugs herself, it was hard for Ann Stieler to recognize that her high school-aged son had a problem. But then she found the needles. “Every parent wants to believe that the needles are someone else’s,” … Continue reading Family Drug Awareness group in New Haven puts personal touch on addiction

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Man busted with 220 bags of heroin after tip

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register on Nov. 1 WALLINGFORD >> A local man is to appear in court Wednesday after Wallingford police say he went to make a heroin sale at an apartment complex. Harvey Jennings III, 25, was found with 220 bags of heroin Tuesday morning after investigators interrupted the drug deal, said Lt. Michael Colavolpe, the commander of the … Continue reading Man busted with 220 bags of heroin after tip