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Blumenthal announces opioid grant for Waterbury

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.
J. Scott Applewhite
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut announced Monday a $900,000 federal grant that will help the city of Waterbury combat the opioid epidemic.

Blumenthal said the grant from the Department of Justice will go to the Warm Hand-off Program, a new public health and safety partnership that connects opioid overdose survivors to support services.

“When somebody overdoses, they’re not just out on their own, on the street. There’s a warm handoff to real services support treatment. Not hands off, hands on,” Blumenthal said.  

The grant comes following a state health report that found opioid deaths increased by 14% in 2020. 

Blumenthal said the funds will also go toward other nonprofits that support opioid treatment in the city.

Mike Lyle is a former reporter and host at WSHU.