© 2022 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Connecticut Gets Federal Grant To Combat Opioid Epidemic

Creative Commons

The state's efforts to control the opioid addiction crisis are getting a boost from new federal funding. Connecticut will receive a $5.5 million federal grant. 

The cash comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the first round of funding from President Barack Obama’s 21st Century Cures Act.

In welcoming the news, Governor Dannel Malloy said there are no shortage of ways to use the money. “Listen, we have an educational issue, we have a detox issue, we have a longer term treatment issue," he said, "and I suspect the monies will augment all of those services that we seek to provide.”

Specifically the aims will be to increase access to addiction treatments and reduce the soaring number of opioid related overdose deaths in the state.

Many advocates say even when addicts are ready to seek treatment there often aren’t enough beds available to provide a quick route into rehab.

Governor Malloy also said he’s seeking to pass legislation this session that would mandate all opioid prescriptions in the state are issued electronically and not on paper, as a way to cut down on abuse of the system.

WNPR's Opioid Addiction Crisis Reporting Initiative is supported by Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network's MATCH Program.

Harriet Jones is Managing Editor for Connecticut Public Radio, overseeing the coverage of daily stories from our busy newsroom.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.

Related Content