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Lawmakers, New Haven officials hold roundtable on opioid epidemic

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With a public health declaration in New Haven following more than a dozen tainted heroin overdoses, lawmakers and other officials planned a roundtable discussion.

Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal said they were joined by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, New Have Police Chief Dean Esserman, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre Daly and Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon.

They met at the New Haven Police Department at 9 a.m. Friday.

The discussion came after three people died and 17 others suffered from drug overdoses. The cause, according to New Haven officials, was tainted heroin that may have been overly laced with fentynol.

The talks focused on treatment providers and other first responders in the Elm City. They also discussed local efforts to curb the problem.

Murphy, Blumenthal and DeLauro said they were working with Congress to pass emergency federal funding and increase resources, such as the life-saving drug nalaxone, to help state communities combat the opioid problem.

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