Monday, August 4, 2014

Increasing Availability, Knowledge of Heroin Antidote Narcan in Torrington

Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) August 3, 2014

"Despite recent legislation extending the state’s Good Samaritan law for anyone intervening in an overdose, heroin is more readily available here than the drug antidote, a leading advocate in the city’s fight against opiate deaths said.

Joy Pendola, clinical manager at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and co-chairman of the Litchfield County Opiate Task Force, said that could change once the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services approves a plan for a physician at the hospital to begin writing prescriptions for naloxone, more commonly known as Narcan." Read more

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