Ned Lamont Calls For 'Opioid Czar' In Connecticut Government

AP
August 17, 2018 - 3:51 pm

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Connecticut governor says he'll create an "opioid czar" if he's elected in November.

Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont said Friday "the opioid crisis is touching every corner of our state" and that's why he wants a cabinet-level position to oversee what he calls a crisis. The proposed czar would report directly to the governor.

Lamont announced his proposal during a visit to the Fair Haven Community Health Center in New Haven, a city where a batch of synthetic marijuana has been blamed for sending dozens of people to the hospital. He said his proposed czar would also oversee the state's response to such non-opioid overdose spikes.

Last year, there were 1,038 drug overdose deaths in Connecticut.

Republican Bob Stefanowski's campaign did not immediately respond to a message.