First snowstorm of season forecast for Saturday

Daisy, the mighty frisbee hunter, returns with her trophy at the height of the storm. — Shannon Calvert photo

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Fairfield and New Haven counties and the region from 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, to 6 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Snow is expected, according to the National Weather Service, which advises the public to plan on hazardous travel conditions. Drivers should be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. Total snow accumulations … read more

EDITORIAL: No place for hate in America

Top business executives are among a growing chorus of prominent Americans to condemn the racism and extremism on exhibit in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend when white nationalists descended on the city for a “Unite the Right” rally. White supremacists, neo-Nazis and members of the alt-right travelled to Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue memorializing Robert E. Lee, … read more

Former U.S. comptroller general runs for governor

Republican Dave Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, makes a point about his candidacy for Connecticut governor. — Nancy Doniger photo

Dave Walker, Republican of Bridgeport and declared Connecticut gubernatorial candidate, uses colorful language to describe the shrinking population and fortunes of the Constitution state. “You remember when Ross Perot ran for president he spoke of a giant sucking sound,” Walker said. Perot, whom Walker described as “a friend of mine,” used the phrase in the second 1992 Presidential Debate for … read more

Dog-killing disease makes comeback in Connecticut

Animal Control Officer Kelly Fitch urges people to vaccinate their pets for leptospirosis, a dog-killing disease. — Susan Hunter archive photo

A disease that used to be prevented as part of routine dog vaccines but went dormant made a comeback and recently infected dogs in Easton and Monroe. Easton Animal Control Officer Kelly Fitch is advising all dog owners to get their pets vaccinated for leptospirosis, also known as lepto. “A 2-year-old dog passed away from lepto lost last week,” Fitch … read more

EDITORIAL: Slaying the opioid dragon

Everyone knows someone: a child, spouse, friend, coworker, or neighbor who has been harmed by the prescription painkiller epidemic. Addiction shatters lives. It shatters society, the economy, and the social infrastructure. The science is indisputable: Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social, and spiritual … read more

VIDEO: Father has plan to crush opioid crisis

Gary Mendell and his son Brian, who took his own life in 2011 when he could no longer cope with the stigma of addiction.

Two men from different perspectives but with a common mission to beat the opioid epidemic met on a recent Friday morning at the Easton Police Department to deal with the crisis. Former hotel executive Gary Mendell leads Shatterproof, a national nonprofit he founded to end the devastation that addiction causes families. Before joining the Easton Police Department in 2015, Chief … read more

Opioid crisis faces new threat: Repeal of Affordable Care Act

Four million people could lose life-saving treatment if government officials take back Medicaid expansion and eliminate health benefits in the Affordable Care Act, which requires mental health and addiction coverage.

The prevention community is confronting a new threat in the quest to halt the opioid epidemic that has exploded nationwide: President Donald Trump’s vow to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Gary Mendell, founder of Shatterproof, a nonprofit formed to end the devastation that addiction causes substance users and their families, was recently quoted in a Wall Street Journal … read more

Reasons for rise in opioid addiction

Shatterproof founder Gary Mendell shook hands with Gov. Dannell Malloy when Connecticut enacted a state law on July 15, 2015, that changed the number of pills doctors can prescribe for pain to help prevent opioid addiction.

Science has proven that substance use disorder is a chronic brain disease that can be managed with medical treatment. It is not a moral failing or a character flaw. But still, only one in 10 Americans with a substance use disorder receives treatment. Addiction is highly stigmatized, and stigma is fueling the public health crisis, according to Gary Mendell, who … read more

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