Substance Use

"We have to treat addiction like a public health issue not a crime. Connecticut is taking a stand against a nationwide prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic to become a leader in combating opioid and heroin use, preventing drug addiction and overdoses."

- Governor Malloy

The misuse of opioids, a group of drugs that includes heroin and prescription painkillers, has a devastating impact on public health and safety in our country and in the state of Connecticut. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 100 Americans died from overdose every day in 2010, and the problem continues to grow. Connecticut has also seen an increase in accidental deaths involving drugs, alcohol and often opioids. In 2012, there were a total of 355 accidental intoxication deaths. In 2014 there were 558, and in 2015 there were 723.

While effective prevention and law enforcement are a part of the solution to this problem, reducing drug use and overdose requires a broader, multi-dimensional approach. Addiction is a progressive disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated, and from which people can recover. Governor Malloy’s administration has taken aggressive steps, with this in mind, to prevent substance use and overdose and treat the disease of addiction as both a public health and a criminal justice issue.

"We are sending the message that we are on a road to recovery with a Second Chance Society that targets addiction as a complex disease not a crime, stopping a multigenerational cycle of abuse at its roots to prevent opioid overdose and save countless lives."

– Governor Malloy

On this site, you will find resources for families, community leaders, schools, law enforcement and all those interested in the prevention and treatment of addiction. This site will continue to be updated as new resources and information become available.

For prescription opioid or heroin addiction treatment, call:


For a list of Narcan (Naloxone) prescribing pharmacists, visit: Opens in a new window Opens in a new window Opens in a new window