Federal law enforcement makes first Connecticut arrest for deadly opioid carfentanil

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Anna Bisaro.  BRIDGEPORT >> Federal authorities announced their first Connecticut arrest related to the possession of carfentanil, an opioid 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. Charles Thelusma, 43, formerly of Bridgeport, is in federal custody following his arrest on June 13. U.S. Magistrate Judge … Continue reading Federal law enforcement makes first Connecticut arrest for deadly opioid carfentanil

Yale School of Medicine holds symposium in New Haven on Connecticut opioid crisis

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Esteban L. Hernandez.  NEW HAVEN >> The country’s two previous opioid epidemics led to changes in federal laws and policy, but had other unintended effects that likely are helping to fuel the current drug crisis, according to a Yale professor. Yale University School of Public Health epidemiology and pharmacology professor Robert … Continue reading Yale School of Medicine holds symposium in New Haven on Connecticut opioid crisis

Powerful opioid carfentanil reaches Connecticut, claims first fatal overdose

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Esteban L. Hernandez with additional reporting by Leslie Lake. The powerful synthetic opioid carfentanil has made its way to Connecticut and was part of a drug cocktail that claimed its first victim, a man who died in Norwalk. Officials last year said there was no clear indication the opioid, which the … Continue reading Powerful opioid carfentanil reaches Connecticut, claims first fatal overdose

Connecticut Public Health releases fact sheet on carfentanil

This article originally appeared in the New Haven Register on Oct. 20 and was written by Esteban L. Hernandez.  HARTFORD >> The state Department of Public Health is distributing a Drug Enforcement Administration fact sheet to local emergency medical services with information on an opioid commonly used as an elephant tranquilizer, though there is no immediate evidence suggesting it’s prevalent in the state. The DEA … Continue reading Connecticut Public Health releases fact sheet on carfentanil