The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdoes epidemic. Opioids (including prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl) killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record. Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have tripled since 1999, and so have sales of these prescription drugs. From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids, with more than 15,000 prescription opioid overdose deaths in 2015.
The above information and data is made available from several resources including the CT Department of Public Health and the CT Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Chesprocott continues to partner with local hospitals, police and EMS to update the community on addiction and substance abuse.
The Health Community Coalition partners continue to collaborate on programs to address this community issue.
The ODMAP is a timely collection of fatal and nonfatal overdose and naloxone administration from first responders.
Vaping Information & Resources
As of October 1, 2019, 1,080* lung injury cases associated with using e-cigarette, or vaping, products have been reported to CDC from 48 states and 1 U.S. territory.
A new law went into effect Tuesday, October 1, 2019, throughout the State of Connecticut, raising the age of sale of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21.
Eighteen deaths have been confirmed in 15 states.
All patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette, or vaping, products.
Most patients report a history of using THC-containing products. The latest national and regional findings suggest products containing THC play a role in the outbreak. THC is the mind altering chemical in marijuana.
16% of patients are under 18 years old
21% of patients are 18 to 20 years old
Drop off Locations
Turn in your unused or expired medications for safe disposal at the following locations(available24/7):
Prospect Police Department/TROOP I –
631 Amity Road Bethany, CT 06525 –Phone: (800) 956-8818
Wolcott Police Department –
225 Nichols Rd, Wolcott, CT06716 –Phone: (203) 879-1414
Cheshire Police Department –
500 Highland Avenue, Cheshire, CT 06410 –Phone: (203) 271-5500