NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – At Yale Medical School Thursday, Connecticut officials outlined a three-year, six-point plan to combat the opioid epidemic gripping the state.
A key component of the plan is increasing access to medication-assisted dependency treatment by strategically expanding use of methadone and buprenorphine, and promoting same-day treatment.
Other portions of the plan include curbing opioid prescriptions and getting overdose patients addiction treatment when they show up in a hospital emergency department.
Governor Dannel Malloy says Connecticut doesn’t have the money to fund every component of the plan, but he says the state will prioritize the strategies that are most effective. He also noted that Connecticut spends more than $65 million a year on treating opioid dependency.