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Blumenthal to convene meeting on Hartford overdose deaths

HARTFORD — Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is holding an emergency meeting of elected leaders, state officials, law enforcement, and addiction specialists to discuss the recent spike in overdose deaths in Hartford.

The meeting will be held Monday at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church.

So far this year, Blumenthal’s office says 42 people have died in Hartford as the result of drug overdoses. That’s compared to 22 during the same period last year.

Last week, seven people died from overdoses, including five men within 15 hours of each other. Hartford Police say they’re seeing fentanyl present in pill form, mixed with heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine.

At least 18 people will participate in Monday’s round-table discussion, ranging from Hartford’s mayor to representatives of the New England High Intensity Drug Taskforce Agency.

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