Friday, July 17, 2015

New law to cut down heroin and opioid abuse

The Bristol Press, July 15, 2015

"Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed his 'Second Chance Society' legislation Wednesday, a section of which is aimed at curbing heroin and prescription opioid abuse.

Approved last month by unanimous vote in the state Senate, the law improves prescription monitoring and prescribing practices, increases education and tools for healthcare professionals and provides greater emergency access to the drug naloxone, which can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

'We have to treat addiction like a public health issue, not a crime,' Malloy said in a bill-signing ceremony in New London. 'In signing this legislation today, Connecticut is taking a stand against a nationwide prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic to become a leader in combating opioid and heroin abuse, preventing drug addiction and overdoses.” Read more

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