“Connecticut ranks 29th in population size in the U.S., but the state ranked 9th in opioid related deaths per capita in 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Since then, overdose deaths nationwide have taken a slight dip, while Connecticut’s opioid-related death-rate has continued to climb.
“Opioid-related overdoses is a major public health challenge in the United States right now. It’s actually leading to a decrease in life expectancy,” says Amy Gorin, director of the University of Connecticut (UConn)’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP). “It’s a complex problem that needs some innovative solutions.””