Overdose Awareness/(Updates)

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Reporting on the State of Connecticut’s Summary of COVID-19 cases, deaths, and tests.

The State of Connecticut’s COVID-19 metric report is now issued five times per week, every Monday through Friday. The report that is issued each Monday contains combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This schedule will remain in effect until further notice.

A complete listing of all COVID-19 cases and  analyses by age, hospitalizations, deaths, towns and county is reported by the Connecticut State Department of Health. This information can be found by following the link below:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/CTDPHCOVID19summary8312020.pdf

 

                                                     LOCAL RESULTS

                                                                                                              Total Reported

                                                                                                              To Date    Change from        Probable 

                                                                                                                                Yesterday            Cases

                                                                                                            

Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State        338                     +3*                     15

Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State            85                     +1                     3

*Since last report on August 28st

 

Overdose Awareness

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day

On August 31st, countries around the world come together to remember the lives of those lost, acknowledge the grief of those left behind, and renew the pledge to fight overdose deaths.  It is a day to reflect on the lives cut tragically short and the work that must still be done to educate communities, provide resources, and eliminate overdose deaths.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2018 data shows that every day, 128 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.

Connecticut is among the top 10 states with the highest rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States.  According to Live Loud campaign, an initiative of Connecticut’s Response to Opioid Use Disorder (CROUD), Connecticut residents are more likely to die from an unintentional drug overdose than they are a motor vehicle accident.

Prescription opioids (like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine) and illicit opioids (like heroin and illegally made fentanyl) are powerful drugs that have a risk of a potentially fatal overdose. Anyone who uses opioids can experience an overdose, but certain factors may increase risk including but not limited to:

  • Combining opioids with alcohol or certain other drugs
  • Taking high daily dosages of prescription opioids
  • Taking more opioids than prescribed
  • Taking illicit or illegal opioids, like heroin or illicitly-manufactured fentanyl, that could could possibly contain unknown or harmful substances
  • Certain medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, or reduced kidney or liver function
  • Age greater than 65 years old

Death from an opioid overdose happens when too much of the drug overwhelms the brain and interrupts the body’s natural drive to breathe.

Substance abuse and addiction impacts Connecticut and every community across the country.  Together we can support those struggling with addiction and their families by understanding the disease and reducing stigma. To connect with resources that provide valuable information on opioid use disorder in Connecticut, visit www.liveloud.org or call 1-800-563-4086 any time, day or night.