HARTFORD – State Representative Terrie Wood (R-141) is pushing for legislation this year that would collect real-time data on opioid overdoses in Connecticut and make them reportable. She testified in support of SB 511, an act to evaluate and establish methods of combating the opioid crisis in the state, with the goal of helping the state to better address the opioid epidemic.
Current law only lists opioid overdoses in the catch-all “poisoning” category of deaths and reports with overdose statistics are not released by medical examiners until a year later. Rep. Wood introduced the legislation working in concert with Ingrid Gillespie of Communities4Action and David Knauf, Darien Public Health Director.
“SB 511 addresses a critical data gap that we need to mount a multifaceted effort against the scourge of the opioid public health crisis in Connecticut,” said Rep. Wood. “Knowing as soon as we find out, for example, how many doses of Narcan were administered and whether or not fentanyl or other substances were also involved would be valuable information for prevention organizations and local health networks as they strive to reduce death tolls from these drugs.”