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Connecticut lawmakers looking at four bills to curb opioid crisis

Four Bills That Could Curb Opioid Use in Connecticut

Finally, it seems, the people in charge are beginning to take the opioid crisis seriously – and it’s about time too as around 70,000 adults die each year from opioid-related overdoses. Four bills are set to be introduced by the state of Connecticut, all aimed at curbing the number of opioid-related fatalities within the state. Details are as follows:

HB 7125 – Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits

This bill would require that each health carrier submits a report in regards to parity for substance use disorder and mental health, as well as requiring that non-quantitative treatment limitations be applied to both plus medical and surgical benefits under health policies. This would ensure that insurance companies cover addiction treatment as they do any other kind of health treatment.

SB 1057 – Opioid Use Disorder

This would require higher education facilities to carry an opioid blocker such as Narcan and to make it available to both employees and students. Narcan can reverse an overdose, and by making it more readily available it is hoped it will be easier to establish community-based treatment centers.

HB 7395 – Opioid Abuse and Treatment

This would add opioid antagonists to the list of drugs monitored as part of the PDMP (prescription drug monitoring program), and to prescribe counseling to inmates who have been identified as being vulnerable to opioid use disorder before their release from their correctional facility. It will also prescribe treatment programs for inmates currently suffering from opioid use disorder.

HB 5524 – Increasing the Penalties for the Sale of Fentanyl

If introduced, this bill will make the penalties for the sale of fentanyl much higher. Fentanyl is an opioid that is significantly more powerful than heroin and is often mixed in with opioids as a ‘bulk agent’ as it is relatively cheap to manufacture. Fentanyl is being increasingly linked with the excessive number of opioid-related overdoses.

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