U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Representative Joe Courtney of Connecticut are asking Congress to approve $600 million to respond to what they call a growing epidemic of heroin and opiate abuse.
Blumenthal likened heroin and opiate addiction to a natural disaster, like a hurricane. That got nods from other speakers at the forum.
“We need a state of emergency," said Tammy De La Cruz of Community Speaks Out, a drug addiction advocacy group. "People are dying in droves. We need to save people. This is a state of emergency.”