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Opioid-Related ER Visits Soar In Connecticut

Mar 23, 2017
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According to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Connecticut has one of the highest rates of opioid-related ER visits in the country.

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Naloxone is a lifesaving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Efforts have been made in the current opioid epidemic to make it more widely available, but the medication's rising price is complicating that.

Narcan Saves Lives But Won't Solve Opioid Crisis

Jun 25, 2016
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Last year Suffolk County led the state in opioid overdose deaths, with 150 fatalities. In 2006 the state began training responders in the administration of Narcan, the opioid overdose medication. At the time the only way to administer the drug was through injection.

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Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Connecticut, will provide a year's supply of the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan to at least six regional police departments.

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Connecticut State Attorney General, George Jepsen, wants to know why the price of naloxone, the antidote for an overdose from opiates like heroin, is increasing so fast.

Jepsen said the price increase could have a dire effect on public health.

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