Our nation and our state are in the midst of an opioid crisis.  Millions of individuals and families have been devasted by the effects of this addiction.  "Opioids", also known as narcotics, take the form of prescription drugs (such as Oxycodone, Vicodin and Percocet) or street drugs such as heroin. Heroin available on the street may be cut or laced with much more deadly narcotics such as fentanyl or carfentanil, leading to a surge in overdose deaths in Connecticut and the US.  Intervenous drug use is also leading to an uptick in other public health concerns such as Hepatitis C.  If you or someone you know has a problem with narcotics or any other substance or behavioral addictions, please seek help.  Some resources and links are listed below. 

Articles

Department of Consumer Protection--Information and Map of Pharmacies that Prescribe Naloxone (Narcan) in CT
August 31, 2016

Dept of Mental Health and Addiction Services--Opioid Overdose Prevention/Naloxone (Narcan) Resources

August 30, 2016

International Overdose Awareness Day
August 30, 2016

Coping with an Alcoholic Parent

July 21, 2014

Alcohol and Holiday Safety

December 7, 2012

Children of Alcoholics also Need Help

February 4, 2004

Links

Understanding Drug Use and Addiction

Addiction - Some basics

Behavioral Addictions - Some basics

Help with Health Care Coverage - Office of Healthcare Advocate

Support for Families - Nar-anon

Partnership for Drug Free Kids

Shatterproof-Stronger than Addiction

Opioid Treatment Programs in Connecticut

DMHAS-Supported Recovery Housing in Connecticut

National Institute of Drug Abuse for Teens

The Connecticut Opioid Response Initiative

Surgeon General's Report "Facing Addiction in America"

CT DPH--Drug and Alcohol Related Poisoning

Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization

Amer. Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

National Assoc. for Children of Alcoholics

National Council on Problem Gambling

CT Council on Problem Gambling