An Overview of Addiction in Connecticut
Connecticut is one of the top 10 states for dependence on illicit drugs among young adults ages 18 to 25. Children as young as 13 from Connecticut’s affluent suburban neighborhoods are hooked on heroin, the most commonly cited substance among primary drug treatment admissions.
Drug-related deaths in Connecticut hit their highest point in 10 years in 2014 with heroin increasingly the cause. Of the 558 accidental drug overdose deaths reported in the state last year, heroin was involved in 58 percent. During the first 168 days of 2014, an average of one person per day died from opioid use in the Nutmeg State.
Key Substance Abuse Problems in Connecticut
- Fentanyl, a synthetic drug that is 100 times more potent than morphine, has been found in Heroin. It is believed that heroin laced with fentanyl is responsible for many of the reported overdoses and deaths.
- With a street value anywhere from $20 to $60 per tablet, or 10 to 20 times the value of the prescription medications, pills of Oxycodone or the like become gateway drugs to much more serious, but cheaper, substances like heroin.
- Almost six million prescriptions for some type of controlled substance were written in Connecticut during 2013, almost double the number of people who actually live there. Many people obtain these drugs from the comfort of their home or the homes of friends or family members.
- Cocaine is also widely abused in Connecticut, with crack cocaine historically being preferred over powder. Cocaine has seen increases in popularity due to the regional drug traffickers in nearby states, such as New York, decreasing their prices.
- Rates of heavy drinking in Connecticut spiked 21.3 percent between 2005 and 2012, while binge-drinking rates rose nearly 14 percent, with the largest increases among women drinkers.
- By county, Litchfield saw the biggest increase in binge drinking rates among women—nearly 30 percent.
- A recent national survey found that nearly 18 percent of Connecticut 12- to 17-year-olds used alcohol in the previous month, the highest rate in the country.
- In June 2015, Connecticut lawmakers approved the easing of penalties for most drug possession crimes in a move to save hundreds of millions of dollars in prison costs by not incarcerating low-level, nonviolent offenders. Possession of small amounts of hard drugs, crimes that until recently could land an offender in prison for up to seven years for a first offense, will be dialed back to a misdemeanor.
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