Opinion: AIDS CT applauds governor’s bill to address opiate epidemic

Shawn Lang

Shawn Lang

Shawn Lang is the deputy director of programs and policy at AIDS Connecticut.

Between 2009 and 2014, there were more than 2,000 accidental and unintentional opioid involved deaths that occurred in 150 of Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns. Nationwide, 18- to 24-year-olds are more likely to die from drug overdoses, primarily from prescription pain relievers, than from motor vehicle accidents.

Connecticut residents can be proud of the fact that we have a statute that allows for access to Naloxone for overdose reversal and we have a Good Samaritan law that protects someone from arrest if they call 911 to save a life while in possession of drug paraphernalia. Narcan has no street value, few if any side effects, can be administered either nasally or intramuscularly, and is much safer to administer than an Epi-pen. Narcan provides a 30- to 90-minute window of opportunity to call 911 and get someone to the emergency room.

Gov. Dannel Malloy’s bill further strengthens existing efforts to combat opiate misuse and overdose in four ways.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.



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