ERs See More Than 3,000 Suspected Drug Overdoses January-April

Aaron Kupec
May 08, 2018 - 9:01 am

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - Connecticut hospital emergency departments saw 3,090 suspected drug overdose cases during the first four months of the year, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Public Health.

According to DPH’s preliminary data, Connecticut’s EDs saw an average of 180 suspected drug overdose visits per week during January-April.

“While the currently available data are preliminary and should be interpreted with caution, we are working to improve syndromic surveillance capabilities to provide real-time information to better understand the types of opioids, including fentanyl and associated substances, in combination with other emerging drugs, causing or contributing to unintentional overdoses and deaths,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino.

Hartford County saw a total of 1,021 suspected drug overdose visits, followed by New Haven County with 907, Fairfield County with 416, New London County with 178, Middlesex County with 176, Tolland County with 150, Litchfield County 129 and Windham County with 113.

“The real-time nature of the data will allow us to respond more quickly to changes in patterns of nonfatal and fatal opioid overdoses and to design, target, implement and monitor more effective interventions to break the cycle of overdose and death and curtail opioid addiction in Connecticut,” said Pino.