Overdose Awareness Day: Stop the Stigma, Save Lives

August 31, 2021


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HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) and Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) released the following statement recognizing Overdose Awareness Day:


“Today we come together to raise awareness, reduce the stigma, acknowledge the grief, and remember the lives lost. Addiction has touched the lives of countless families across our state. We have all watched people struggle. Many have experienced addiction themselves. We have lived through loss, pain, and suffering. We have seen people rise up, fall back, and strive to achieve recovery.


“As we come together to remember, we also must reflect on the work that lies ahead to continue supporting programs and resources that save lives.


“If you or someone you know is struggling with opioids or other substances, you are not alone. There are ways to connect and get the support you need. Talk to a peer, call for treatment options, connect on social media, or search support groups in your community.


“Below are resources where Connecticut residents and their loved ones can get help. Please share this information and spread the word.


“Too many people struggle with addiction, often in silence and isolation from others. The pandemic only worsened this situation for far too many. Letting people know there is help available could be the first step to recovery.”


For 24/7 substance use treatment call 1-800-563-4086 or visit www.drugfreect.org/treatment-and-recovery/
Drugfreect.org is Connecticut’s premier resource on substance misuse and addiction including the full continuum of prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery. This site includes data on the scope of the opioid crisis, tips on safe prescription medication storage and disposal, information of statewide initiatives and campaigns, strategies for overdose prevention including access to the life-saving drug naloxone (Narcan®), and access to treatment and recovery supports.


For live chat help and resources visit www.liveloud.org
LiveLOUD helps connect individuals and their loved ones to resources and support. Opioid Use Disorder, or OUD, is the problematic, excessive use of opioid. It is an addiction that can develop after repeated opioid misuse or using opioids for reasons other than medical need, typically in dangerous amounts. OUD can affect people from all walks of life, who may use any of a wide range of drugs from different sources, including street drugs like heroin, illegally purchased opioids, and painkillers which may be used in hospital situations— like codeine or Oxycontin. Anyone can be at risk for developing OUD if they are using an opioid.


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