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

Malloy applauds Connecticut House passing bill targeting opioid crisis

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register  HARTFORD >> The state’s House of Representatives unanimously voted Thursday to approve legislation introduced by Gov. Dannel Malloy addressing the state’s opioid crisis. A release from Malloy’s office on Thursday said the governor applauded the bipartisan vote to move forward legislation with several provisions aimed to help combat the state’s opioid crisis. The release came … Continue reading Malloy applauds Connecticut House passing bill targeting opioid crisis

Watertown police seize 1,200 bags of heroin following arrest

WATERTOWN >> A Waterbury man was arrested and charged earlier this week after police said he had $6,000 in cash on-hand and more than 1,200 bags of heroin in his residence. Jonathan Oakley, 34, of 293/295 Newridge Ave., Waterbury, was arrested and charged Tuesday in conjunction with Operation Smackdown, according to a release. Police had issued an arrest warrant for Oakley in December 2016, charging him with … Continue reading Watertown police seize 1,200 bags of heroin following arrest

DeLauro: $5.5 million grant will help Connecticut battle opioid crisis; now lawmakers must do their part

This story was originally published in The Middletown Press and written by Cassandra Day.  MIDDLETOWN >> U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro may have been in town to extol a $5.5 million grant to help the state’s efforts to curb the ballooning opioid crisis, but those most heartened by the news Tuesday morning were the unidentified Rushford clients who sat quietly in the crowd. Afterward, one woman … Continue reading DeLauro: $5.5 million grant will help Connecticut battle opioid crisis; now lawmakers must do their part

New Haven police concerned about loitering, crime around Hill addiction treatment facility

  This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Anna Bisaro.  NEW HAVEN >> While loitering is not illegal in New Haven, there are heightened concerns within the New Haven Police Department and the community about the number of people that can be seen hanging around 495 Congress Ave. on a regular basis. “We constantly get complaints from the … Continue reading New Haven police concerned about loitering, crime around Hill addiction treatment facility

Connecticut State Police arrest two suspected fentanyl suppliers in West Hartford

WEST HARTFORD >> Two people have been arrested after Connecticut State Police said they found numerous bags of the powerful opioid fentanyl and more than $3,000 in cash following a months-long investigation into a suspected drug supplier. Kevin Crabb, 36, and Renee L. Cottrill, 34, both of West Hartford, both face several charges after State Police said in a release they were found in possession of 51 grams of … Continue reading Connecticut State Police arrest two suspected fentanyl suppliers in West Hartford