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Watch: Faces of the Opioid Crisis, a FOX61 Special

FOX61 continues its steadfast commitment to furthering the conversation about the ongoing opioid crisis by presenting “Faces of the Opioid Crisis,” a special examining the growing epidemic in Connecticut.

The unique special, hosted by Lorenzo Hall and Kaitlin Goslee, aired on FOX61 followed by a Facebook Live discussion with a panel of experts who continued the conversation, fielded questions and offered support to those struggling with opioid addiction.

The Facebook Live panel included:

  • Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. – Vice Chair of the Public Health Committee
  • Dr. Daniel Tobin – Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Miriam Delphin-Rittmon – Commissioner of Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Kelvin Young – Person in long-term recovery, Assistant Director of Advocacy Unlimited’s Toivo
  • Jonathon Harris – Former Commissioner of Consumer Protection
  • Alison Friar – Wheeler Health and Wellness Centers
  • Dr. Steven Wolf – St. Francis Hospital
  • Sarah Howroyd – Person in long-term recovery, Co-Founder Manchester, CT HOPE Initiative

The special exposed the growing crisis threatening our Connecticut communities. “Faces of the Opioid Crisis” began with a message from Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and featured the FOX61 team examining how our healthcare system is coping with the crisis, the impact it has on police departments and what’s being done to stop the flow of drugs into Connecticut. We also explored the challenges recovering addicts face and investigate how state laws and insurance policies are changing to address the epidemic.

“Faces of the Opioid Crisis” is sponsored by Wheeler Clinic.

“Opioid addiction is a public health crisis impacting every community, and this upcoming program underscores the problem, as well as where individuals and families can turn for help,” said Susan Walkama, LCSW, president and chief executive officer, Wheeler Clinic. “We believe immediate access to effective treatment, including medication-assisted treatment, is critical to saving lives. Providing an accessible, integrated approach to primary and behavioral health care at Wheeler helps us ensure recovery is possible.”

You can see all of our “Faces of the Opioid Crisis” pieces here.