Connecticut’s Crisis

CT’s Crisis

The opioid crisis is affecting communities in Connecticut and across the country. Together, we can support those struggling with addiction and their families by understanding the disease, reducing stigma, and more.

Each year, too many lives are lost to opioid overdose.

This crisis reaches every community, every neighborhood, across all ethnicities and income levels. Only by pulling together and joining efforts—organizations, agencies, and individuals—can we overcome Connecticut’s opioid crisis. You can help.

About the Crisis

Millions of opioids are being prescribed to Americans every year. There were more than 191 million opioid prescriptions handed out in 2017 alone! As many as 1 in 4 patients receiving long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting struggle with opioid addiction. The problem is that opioids are highly addictive and are generally prescribed for a long period of time. When people stop getting prescribed these medications, they are forced to find drugs elsewhere. Some people who were misusing pills switch to street drugs like heroin and fentanyl, which are less expensive and more available than prescripton opioids. However, street drugs are unregulated and much more dangerous.

Companies that produced opioids in the 90s suggested that these prescription medications were not addictive and the drugs were used for medical purposes across the country. At the cost of lives, Americans learned that the prescription opioids are addictive and deadly. The number of Americans dying of an opioid-related drug overdose has increased drastically in recent years. Every day, about 115 people in the United States die from an opioid-related overdose. Those who don’t die from opioid use disorder are contracting HIV and Hepatitis C at an alarming rate, primarily by way of paraphernalia meant for opioid use (i.e. sharing infected needles). The following facts show how harmful opioids are to our country as a whole:

  • The large increase in American opioid-related overdose deaths is most recently related to illegally produced fentanyl, which caused about 47 overdose deaths per day
  • The White House reported that in 2016, 2.4 million Americans had OUD and that opioid-related deaths have doubled within the past decade
  • In 2016, opioids killed as many Americans as firearms
  • In addition to the lives opioids have claimed, the opioid crisis at-large cost the country $78.5 billion in 2013, and that cost is rising
Connecticut’s Facts and Statistics

Connecticut is among the top 10 states with the highest rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States.

In 2017: 1,039 Total Drug Related Deaths; 940 involved any opiate

  • 674 of the total deaths involved fentanyl (65%) – To put things in perspective in 2012, only 14 deaths were caused by fentanyl.
  • 473 of total involved heroin (46%)

The increased misuse of opioids in Connecticut has turned it into a major public health concern. OUD has risen so much that residents of Connecticut are now more likely to die from unintentional drug overdose than they are from a motor vehicle accident!

Connecticut has developed a response and is working diligently across the state to support individuals, families, and communities.

CROUD Vision for CT

In an effort to create a recovery-friendly community, community partners are joining the Live LOUD campaign by becoming a partner with Connecticut’s Response to OUD (CROUD). Each of the listed partners are working to provide support, treatment, care, and awareness for those who have OUD and those who know or love someone with OUD.

If you would like to become a CROUD partner, send us an email at info@joincroud.org. We encourage you to contact the partners on this list if you would like to participate in forming recovery friendly communities throughout our state.

To our Connecticut’s Response to Opioid Use Disorder partners: Thank you for your hard work and dedication in providing care to those in our community!
  • APT Foundation
  • CCAR Hartford
  • GHHRC, Mark Jenkins
  • Dr. Larry Davidson
  • Dr. Charles Dike
  • McCall Center for Behavioral Health
  • Loel Meckel, Forensic Services Division
  • Chief Tim Shaw, Easton PD
Contact your Legislator

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death of Americans under 50 years old. Addiction affects our children, families, friends, and communities. One way to help change how this crisis it impacting our state is to ask your legislators to support Opioid Use Disorder programs, treatment, and funding. If you feel comfortable doing so, it may even be beneficial to share you and/or your loved ones stories of OUD.

Step 1:

Find your representatives’ contact information:
US Congressperson   |   US Senator   |   Local Legislator

Step 2:

Reach out via phone or email.

Step 3:

Let your legislator know why our opioid crisis needs to be fixed. Please feel free to add your own personal stories in the message to make a greater impact. The more people who share their stories, the more likely we are to make a change.

Toolkit

In an effort to increase awareness about OUD in every community, we have made the visuals and some of the information you have seen on this website available to you in high resolution which you can download here.

If you need special materials for your event or location, contact us at info@liveloud.org.