CTNewsJunkie | Opioid Deaths Increasing As Connecticut Struggles To Find Money To Fight Crisis

Opioid Deaths Increasing As Connecticut Struggles To Find Money To Fight Crisis
By Jack Kramer | Sep 10, 2018

WEST HAVEN, CT — There was unanimous agreement during a discussion last week about mental health in Connecticut: there is no end in sight to the opioid crisis, and finding funding to battle the epidemic won’t be easy.

The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, Keep the Promise Coalition, Mental Health Connecticut and NAMI Connecticut, hosted the roundtable at West Haven’s APT Foundation.

The opioid epidemic death totals keeps climbing across the country and Connecticut is no exception as more than 1,000 people died in 2017 from the crisis.

Nationwide, the Center for Disease Control’s provisional data shows that 72,855 people will likely died of drug overdose during the 12-month period ending Nov. 30, 2017 — a rise of 13.2 percent over the previous 12-month period. The agency reports that 49,466 of those deaths involved at least one opioid.

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