Opioid Substance Use Treatment Options in Connecticut

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Opioids are pain killers that can be highly addictive if abused and/or misused, and are in the form of heroin or prescription drugs (e.g., Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin).  According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2016 the number of overdose deaths involving opioids was five times higher than in 1999.   In Connecticut, since 2013, there has been an unprecedented level of opioid use, causing a huge toll in terms of dependence, addiction, overdose and death.


The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) has a wide array of addiction related resources to assist residents of Connecticut, family members, and social service providers dealing with this issue:

What You Need to Know About Prescription Opioids Factsheet: http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/lib/dmhas/prevention/opioid_factsheet.pdf

National Resources for Treating Abuse and Addiction

For additional resources found in the Connecticut 2-1-1 Community Resources Database:

Syringe Services Program/Fentanyl Test Strips are programs provided free of charge that provide needle exchanges to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and also fentanyl test strips as an inexpensive drug testing technology which has been shown to be effective at detecting the presence of fentanyl in drug samples prior to ingestion. Training on how to use the strips will also be provided at various Connecticut Department of Public Health sites located throughout the state, listed here: Syringe Services Program (SSP), Fentanyl Test Strips (FTS)

Disposing of unused medications, can be a life-saving event – find a Local “Drug Collection Box/Other General Information”, where medications and other items can be disposed of safely and securely.  Medication drop boxes are secured in the lobby of the police department and are accessible anytime the department is open.  No questions asked, drop the unwanted medications in a box and they will be safely and securely destroyed.   2-1-1 Medication Disposal Link to Sites


SOURCE: Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addictions (DMHAS); Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection; United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); SAMHSA; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration