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Summit to address heroin overdoses set for this week

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Police are investigating a rash of heroin overdoses in New London recently (WFSB photo) Police are investigating a rash of heroin overdoses in New London recently (WFSB photo)
NEW LONDON, CT (AP) -

A two-day summit is set for the coming week to address a surge in heroin overdoses in the city.

Topics at the forums set for Monday and Tuesday include heroin and opioid abuse, treatment and prevention. Families affected by drug abuse will share their stories.

Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli, Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, police officials, doctors and representatives from community groups will speak.

Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London says it has treated more than 25 people for heroin overdoses since Jan. 27. One person died before reaching the hospital. Hospital officials call the number of recent cases "unprecedented."

A candlelight vigil was held in New London earlier this month in response to the increased overdoses.

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