Officials hold conference on state’s opioid crisis in Bristol


Two very important agencies here in our state will be coming together to discuss the ongoing opioid crisis, an issue that’s been affecting thousands of families in Connecticut.

This event is going to be held at the Double Tree in Bristol and the focus is going to be centered around prevention, treatment and recovery. 

As we know the opioid epidemic continues to be a major issue, not just here in Connecticut, but across the country. 

Friday’s event will bring together the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Children and Families.

The all-day conference will have a series of workshops and expert panel discussions, as well as speakers ranging from lawmakers to medical professionals. 

Events like these do show that work is being done behind the scenes to get a handle on the opioid crisis but it hasn’t been easy.  Earlier this month the state’s Chief Medical Examiner released new data basically showing that fentanyl-related overdose deaths are on pace to rise 9-percent this year.

So far between January and June of this year, 370  people died from accidental overdoses linked to fentanyl which is used to treat pain.  It can cause respiratory distress or even death if taken in high doses. 

That 370 number is most likely higher than that by now. The medical examiner adds that by the end of the year it should rise to 740, if not more. 

The only good news is that deaths from heroin are down 15-percent. 

Friday’s event in Bristol will get underway at 9 a.m. 

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