Sen. Formica, Sen. Somers Applaud Narcan Donation to Local Communities

October 5, 2017


On October 3, 2017 Lawrence + Memorial Hospital announced it was providing funding for a supply of Narcan, the drug used to treat victims of opioid overdoses, to be provided to 11 local communities.

State Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) and State Senator Heather Somers (R-Groton) attended the hospital’s announcement of this funding and applauded the plans to provide this treatment drug to local communities including East Lyme, Groton City, Groton Long Point, Groton Town, Ledyard, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Mohegan Tribal Nation, Montville, New London, Stonington and Waterford.LM_Narcan

“The opioid epidemic is a devastating issue that impacts all our communities,” said Sen. Formica. “It is a tragedy that we must work together to prevent and treat. By donating this treatment to our local police departments, L+M Hospital is helping our local towns and cities at a time when most municipalities are facing severe budget challenges. I thank the hospital for making this generous donation.”

“This generous donation is a lifesaver for those suffering from addiction and is a huge benefit to our local municipalities,” said Sen. Somers. “To combat the opioid crisis we must all put our heads together and work to produce solutions and preventive measures. As the Co-Chair on the Public Health Committee I have heard many heart-breaking stories of addiction and I am happy that today we can take a step toward saving the lives of Connecticut residents.”

Sen. Somers and Sen. Formica both cosponsored legislation this year that was signed into law last month to implement further reforms to treat and prevent opioid abuse.