Connecticut’s rate of opioid deaths is nearly double the national average, and still much that is lost to the epidemic goes uncounted. Among the official casualties, nearly half belong to Connecticut residents with histories of incarceration. Among the unacknowledged casualties are the lifetimes lost to grief and sorrow, by their family members and loved-ones.
As a physician, an attorney and a member of the Connecticut State Medical Society’s Opioid Committee, I am painfully aware of both Connecticut’s mortality data and how our opioid deaths are concentrated in our most vulnerable communities. As the brother of a sibling who lost his life to heroin, I am even more painfully aware of the sorrow lived by those left behind.
But there can be hope, even where it seems hopeless. The state legislature is currently considering House Bill 7395, a bill that would reach the incarcerated population with the care that they need.
BY: Will Rutland
PUBLISHED: Hartford Courant