Rep. Klarides-Ditria, Valley Lawmakers Discuss Opioid Crisis

Posted on August 27, 2019 by admin


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ANSONIA – State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria attended an opioid prevention & treatment roundtable discussion yesterday at the new Cornell Scott Hill Health Center in Ansonia. The roundtable discussion was hosted by Lt. Governor Bysiewicz and those who attended included local lawmakers, state lawmakers, families, treatment providers, and law enforcement.

“As state lawmakers, we are exploring every avenue to find solutions to help us tackle the opioid crisis,” said Rep. Klarides-Ditria, a member of the Public Health Committee. “We need to continue to work with all stakeholders to make sure we are providing help to those that need it the most. By working together and as a community we can end this crisis.”

Rep. Klarides-Ditria highlighted legislation that was passed this session which creates tougher penalties for those selling and manufacturing Fentyal.

In addition, the group talked about the many programs the state offers to help those suffering from addiction.

The state recently launched the Naloxone + Opioid Response App (NORA), which according to the state’s website is a free interactive educational tool that will expand the understanding of what naloxone is and reinforce initial training given when a person fills their prescription for it.

The app will:
provide resources for people interested in learning about opioids,
recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and how to respond,
explain the protections offered by the Good Samaritan Law,
provide information on proper storage and disposal,
connect people with other resources to prevent overdose and
to find treatment and recovery supports.

For more information about the programs that state currently offers visit portal.ct.gov/DPH.