Governors: Collaboration Key To Fighting Heroin Epidemic

The nation’s governors at this winter meeting of their association took a hard look at the opiate and heroin crisis, which they say claims 30,000 lives a year. What’s needed to fight this? Collaboration.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who was down for the meeting, said:

“Connecticut has been a leader on this issue — we continue to take steps within our state and continue to work with our partners across the country to prevent addiction. But we all must do more to tackle this nationwide epidemic. Lives are at stake.”

The call for collaboration came from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and the president elect of the American Medical Association.

Lawmakers and other stakeholders agree that working together is essential and something that is strong in Connecticut. Read more on

Just to add, here’s an interesting thing U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said to me on the matter:

“We are facing a perfect storm; a public health hurricane of historic force that cannot be address effectively by one means alone. Not law enforcement. Not medical treatment. Not other social services. Not government regulation.”
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