In conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day, the governor has ceremoniously signed a bill designed to help fight Connecticut's opioid crisis.
Gov. Dannel Malloy held a signing ceremony on Thursday in Hartford for the bill, which is titled An Act Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse.
“Opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse is a disease that is impacting nearly every community and people of every background,” Malloy said. “It is a complex crisis that does not have one root cause, nor does it have simple solution, but we need to do everything in our power to treat and prevent it."
Data recently released by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner highlighted fentanyl-related overdoses.
Malloy said that demonstrated the need to focus on prevention and treatment in the fight.
He said since state police have been trained to use naloxone, an anti-overdose drug, they have saved more than 184 lives over the past three years.
The bill signed on Thursday does the following, according to a news release from the governor's office:
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