New Haven seeks $30,000 federal grant to combat opioid crisis

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Esteban L. Hernandez  NEW HAVEN >> The city’s Health Department could receive $30,000 in federal money to address the opioid crisis by providing more resources to local providers helping address overdoses and addiction. Connecticut Department of Public Health spokeswoman Maura Downes confirmed in an email Wednesday that DPH is finalizing a … Continue reading New Haven seeks $30,000 federal grant to combat opioid crisis

Connecticut man gets prison in drug case connected to woman’s death

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register and was written by Anna Bisaro. BRIDGEPORT >> To close his brief remarks to the court before being sentenced to more than four years in prison, Ronald Weaver, 38, of Waterbury, turned around, stretched out his right hand toward the gallery and said, “I’m sorry.” Lynn Kovask, 50, sat in the front row and nodded her … Continue reading Connecticut man gets prison in drug case connected to woman’s death

Yale authored CDC report lauds New Haven’s response to fentanyl overdoses

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Esteban L. Hernandez.  NEW HAVEN >> The quick-acting response by city medical, law enforcement and public health officials to last summer’s string of fentanyl overdoses likely limited the potential impact of the drug’s deadly outbreak, according to a report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Morbidity and … Continue reading Yale authored CDC report lauds New Haven’s response to fentanyl overdoses

East Haven police: Branford man arrested after K9 sniffs out 37 bags of heroin

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register.  EAST HAVEN >> A Branford man was arrested late Sunday after the keen nose of an East Haven K9 allegedly led police to a large amount of drugs in his vehicle. Anthony Cardinali, 27, allegedly had drug paraphernalia in his lap when an officer approached him in the parking lot of McDonalds, 687 Main St., East … Continue reading East Haven police: Branford man arrested after K9 sniffs out 37 bags of heroin

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

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

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