Impact of opiates on Northwest Connecticut detailed in new report

This story was written by Ben Lambert and originally published in the Register Citizen. TORRINGTON >> The number of individuals admitted to treatment programs administered by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services “where the primary drug at admission was an opioid” increased from 679 in 2012 to 1,425 in 2016 — a 110 percent jump. In response to the ever-growing opioid crisis, … Continue reading Impact of opiates on Northwest Connecticut detailed in new report

Targeting dealers in Connecticut overdose cases making a difference

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Anna Bisaro  NEW HAVEN >> First responders on the scene of a drug overdose in Connecticut no longer are dealing simply with a medical emergency. The site of a suspected drug overdose in the state now is a crime scene. More than 80 people believed to have sold drugs to victims … Continue reading Targeting dealers in Connecticut overdose cases making a difference

52 bags of Fentanyl-laced heroin found in Torrington home, police say

This story was originally published in the Register Citizen and written by Ben Lambert.  TORRINGTON >> Fentanyl-laced heroin and other items were seized and a Thomaston woman was arrested Thursday after search of a city home, police said. Jennifer Sayles, also known as “Pebbles,” 37, of 218 Bristol St., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of crack cocaine and possession of heroin with … Continue reading 52 bags of Fentanyl-laced heroin found in Torrington home, police say

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

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