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After 917 Fatal ODs In CT, Murphy, Blumenthal Look To Tackle Opioids

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy Photo Credit: File

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — In response to the 917 fatal opioid overdoses in Connecticut last year, U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal will host a summit on the state's crisis in Bridgeport on Monday.

As the opioid epidemic is ravaging communities in Connecticut and across the nation, Senate Republicans are pushing a health care repeal bill that threatens access to addiction treatment for millions of people, Murphy and Blumenthal said.

The summit will include local residents, law enforcement, first responders, treatment providers, and community organizations.

After remarks from Murphy, Blumenthal, and Dr. James Gill, Connecticut’s chief medical examiner, participants will break into working groups to outline areas in Connecticut in need of federal support and reform.

Murphy and Blumenthal will send the recommendations to President Donald Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

Dr. Bertha Madras, a professor at Harvard Medical School and one of five members of the commission will deliver keynote remarks.

The summit is set for noon Monday, July 10, at Housatonic Community College, Beacon Hall Events Center - Room 214, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport.

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