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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Congress Takes Aim at Epidemic of Opioid Abuse

By Ana Radelat


Washington – After states have spent years grappling with the problem, Congress may finally address the epidemic of heroin use and abuse of prescription pain killers which has affected Connecticut and the rest of New England more than much of the country.

“Most of New England is in a public health crisis,” said Pat Rehmer, senior vice president at Hartford Health Care.

Opioid addiction claimed more than 380 lives last year in Connecticut, even as the state has taken some steps to tackle the problem. One is the establishment of a prescription drug registry that requires pharmacies to enter information about certain prescriptions they have filled in a web-based system to provide patient information to doctors and other pharmacists.

Connecticut has also expanded the use by first responders of the drug Narcan, a drug the quickly reverses the effects of an opiate overdose.

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