For The First Time Since 2012 Connecticut Overdose Deaths DeclinedMarch 5, 2019 5:46 pm
While this is not an indication that the opioid crisis fever has broken, it is certainly a positive sign that for the first time since 2012 drug overdose deaths declined in 2018. With 1,017 the number of deaths from overdose dropped by 27 from the previous year. This is a good sign.
The number of deaths is, of course, still too high, with over 1,000 people dying every year from drug overdoses this remains a serious issue that needs to be addressed.
Officials credit the wider use of Narcan and responsible prescribing as two of the reasons for the decline. Narcan is a treatment that allows medical professionals to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
One downside to this new report is that the use of Fentnayl in the state of Connecticut is on the rise. In fact, the synthetic opioid was a factor in three out of the four overdose deaths last year alone. The drug is 50 times more potent then heroin.