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Bridgeport Health District Receives Grant To Combat Opioid Crisis

State Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Raul Pino
State Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Raul Pino Photo Credit: File

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- With opioid addiction raging across the state, the Bridgeport Health Department will receive $30,000 for three years from the state, to help combat the epidemic.

The money is being distributed as part of a federal grant the state received from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to tackle opioid-related overdoses, said Gov. Dannel Malloy and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino.

“This is a devastating trend with prescription painkiller and heroin overdoses that is impacting so many communities across our country," Malloy said. "Connecticut is not immune. At the state level, we are continuing to build upon our efforts to prevent and fight addition. It’s too important – lives are at stake. We are working closely with our local, state, and federal partners and will continue to ensure that those that need help get it.”

The grants, which will go to six health districts in the state, will help each of the recipients implement some of the recommended activities anticipated to be released in a strategic plan being developed in partnership between the governor's office, health department, Department of Mental Health and Addictions, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Consumer Protection, the Yale School of Medicine and Connecticut insurance carriers.

“We look forward to working with our local partners to address the issue of opioid and prescription drug abuse in our communities,” Pino said. “Connecticut has been at the forefront of combating the epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, and this grant from the CDC allows us to stay on the cutting edge of this fight.”

Led by Dr. David Fiellin of Yale, the effort is being shaped by addiction experts and state agency leaders, and will include input from local and national experts, as well as the public.

Besides Bridgeport, grants are going to Hartford, New London, New Haven, North Haven and Waterbury.

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