2-day heroin summit begins today - WFSB 3 Connecticut

2-day heroin summit begins today

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NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

A two-day summit meant to address what lawmakers call a deadly heroin epidemic kicks off on Monday in New London.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Joe Courtney announced they the convening law enforcement, doctors and experts for the summit.

In 2015, Blumenthal cited data from the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in that there were 679 accidental drug intoxication deaths, 415 of which included heroin, codeine or morphine. Heroin in any death accounted for 387 and heroin alone was responsible for 104.

There were 558 accidental deaths in 2014.

In January, 10 heroin overdoses were reported in New London. One of them was deadly.

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. on Monday at the Alliance for Living on Broad Street and wraps up at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital's board room on Mantauk Avenue.

Blumenthal said the forum will address law enforcement measures to combat an "ongoing crisis in New London and across the nation."

Those taking part will participate in a round table discussion on heroin abuse, treatment and prevention.

In addition to experts, Blumenthal said several family members affected by heroin abuse are expected to be in attendance.

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