Gateway Community College receives grant to fight opioid crisis

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)--One Connecticut school is working to fight the opioid crisis. The Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative has given Gateway Community College in New Haven a $10,000 grant to help fight the opioid and prescription drug epidemic.

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The grant will help fund the campus' awareness program, and help provide Narcan training to faculty on the college campus.

The grant took effect on October 1 and will continue through April 2018.

Gateway professor Cheryl Shannon says the grant is "critical," and cites figures from the state's Medical Examiner's Office, which states that on an average day, three people die of drug overdose in Connecticut.

There were 133 overdose fatalities reported in greater New Haven last year.

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