On Oct. 6, Yale's Schools of Medicine and of Public Health hosted a press conference convened by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy to receive the state's final report and strategic plan on fighting the opioid epidemic. Earlier this summer Malloy commissioned an effort, in partnership with Yale experts and key stakeholders, to develop a three-year strategy on behalf of the State of Connecticut to help further prevent addiction and overdoses from opioid misuse.
The Governor engaged the Connecticut Opioid REsponse (CORE) team — led by Dr. David Fiellin from the Yale School of Medicine, (YSM) and including Dr. Robert Heimer, of Yale School of Public Health, and YSM's Dr. William Becker, and Dr. Gail D'Onofrio — to supplement and support the work of the Alcohol and Drug Policy Council (ADPC) by creating a focused plan to more rapidly reduce the number of opioid deaths in Connecticut. The Yale team and ADPC were asked to develop strategies that emphasize initiatives to prevent and treat addiction based on evidence, public input, and judgment about where efforts can have the most immediate impact.
Published: Friday, October 21, 2016