Drug Rehab Connecticut
Connecticut has a population of over 3 million people, ranking it the most-populated state in the United States. Hartford, the capital, and four other cities have populations with over 100,000 residents. Although only ranked 48th in geographical size, it is one of the country’s most densely populated areas and one of the original 13 colonies. Known for its harbors, beaches, and historic sites, Connecticut is also recognized for its education and healthcare systems.
Unfortunately, even this recognition for its focus on the welfare of its citizens has not exempted the state from the substance use problem sweeping the nation. In 2017, 955 people in Connecticut died of opioid overdoses, a number that is two times higher than the national rate. Heroin deaths rose from 79 in 2016 to 686 in 2017. Between 2015 and 2018, accidental deaths from opioid use went up almost 40 percent. Fentanyl, an opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, has become an explosive issue, and the problem is growing quickly. Like other places in the U.S., addiction to alcohol and other substances is also widespread.
Despite being now labeled as an illness, substance use, which is as prevalent in the small towns and suburbs as in the cities, still carries a stigma. Connecticut is working to provide education, resources, and support to those struggling with drug and alcohol problems. Like heart disease or diabetes, addiction is a chronic illness that doctors can treat.