Tuesday, May 20, 2014

OUR VIEW: A Step Toward Fighting Addiction

Bristol Press, May 18, 2014

"We were glad to see U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty stepping up to take a lead role in fighting the epidemic of heroin addiction.

The Fifth District Congresswoman visited New Britain Friday to hold a round-table discussion with city leaders, including the chiefs of police and fire, multiple experts in the medical field and others in the community. Together they looked for the root causes of 257 deaths statewide in the last year from heroin overdoses, and what she could do to help.

While there’s nothing new about heroin addiction, the problem gained national attention in March when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said a spike in overdoses from the deadly drug constitutes 'an urgent and growing public health crisis.'" Read more

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