Opioids

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says a $1.5 billion opioid bill will help prevent outbreaks like the one that caused more than a hundred overdoses in New Haven in August.

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut says he’s glad that the Senate passed a bill to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. It includes a couple of provisions he co-sponsored. He says he’s now urging his colleagues to appropriate the money to implement the program.

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Connecticut's chief medical examiner says fentanyl-related overdose deaths in the state are set to increase 9 percent compared to last year.

Dr. James Gill released overdose figures for the first six months of the year on Thursday.  

The report shows a 15 percent drop in heroin overdose deaths and a rise in fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s 50 times more powerful than heroin.

There were 370 accidental deaths from January to June involving fentanyl. If that rate continues, there will be 740 such deaths this year.

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A judge has ruled that the artist who helped place a steel sculpture of a bent drug spoon at Purdue Pharma's Connecticut headquarters can get the sculpture back.

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Race plays a factor when doctors prescribe opioids to treat chronic pain. That’s the finding of a new study from Yale University. 

Researchers say black patients, who receive opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and Percocet for long-term treatment, are more likely than whites to be tested for illicit drug use.  

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