Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation today announced that the state is receiving a $3.1 million federal grant to expand efforts combating the prescription opioid crisis, particularly helping to provide youth and their families access to long-term substance use treatment that focuses on recovery.
“Opioid addiction and prescription drug misuse is a disease that is impacting nearly every community and people of every background,” Governor Malloy said. “Children and young adults battling substance use need sustained services for recovery to take hold because all the evidence shows relapses are common. This grant will enable us to develop much needed, long-term treatment to keep people on a road to recovery and support lasting success.”
“This grant will improve access to long-term treatment and recovery services for youth fighting to overcome substance use and mental health disorders,” Connecticut’s Congressional delegation said in a joint statement. “The opioid crisis has made a grave impact on our communities, and unfortunately, children and young adults have not been spared. We’ve heard from families, health care providers, and those recovering from addiction – one-time, short-term treatment is simply not enough. These federal dollars will go towards the development of more sustainable, long-term treatment to help those struggling get on the right path towards recovery.”