Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Opioid Epidemic Continues to Spread In Connecticut

by Jacqueline Longo, April 12, 2016

Program Coordinator, Youth Leadership
The Governor's Prevention Partnership

"The opioid epidemic is continuing to spread in Connecticut as more overdoses were reported over the weekend in the southeast corner of the state. Earlier this year, New London had a string of 15 heroin overdoses leading police and public officials to fight this increasing drug problem in our state. Norwich Police Department reported two overdoses this weekend, leaving one person hospitalized and another dead.

The growing opioid epidemic is having an effect on Connecticut’s youth. According to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 11% of high schoolers report to misusing prescription medications. This is a concerning number because according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those addicted to prescription medications are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.

View a closer look at the prescription drug abuse issue facing our youth and some tools for prevention.

For more information and tips on prevention visit our website:

Join us on June 8, 2016 from 12pm-1pm for a webinar on how to prevention prescription drug abuse.
Parenting for Prevention: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse

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