Monday, May 12, 2014

Heroin Overdose Statistics Only Provide a Glimpse of Torrington’s Epidemic

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) May 11, 2014

" Heroin overdoses are taking place in grocery marts, sober homes, apartments and run-down motels. Yet the number of deaths, and reported overdoses, is only a superficial snapshot of how endemic heroin is to Torrington, officials say.

A 10-year veteran of the city’s police force, Sgt. Dustin Baldis is head of the narcotics division. He took it over about four months ago, right as the city started grappling with a surge in heroin. He said, anecdotally, he has noticed a spike in the number of heroin arrests, in part because of an emphasis on officers canvassing city streets and neighborhoods in search of those peddling the drug.

The problem in Torrington — nine confirmed heroin overdose deaths last year — was evident before the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman forced Americans to confront what U.S. leaders have called an urgent public health crisis." Read more

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