RVNA Today: Opioid use

As the news reports tell us, the United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. According to 2015 data, more than one out of three Americans used a prescription opioid that year, and about 1.9 million Americans reported a full-fledged opioid addiction. That number is increasing. While opioids are often prescribed to treat certain kinds of acute and … read more

Prevention Plus: Opioid epidemic spreads to CT

Communities like Ridgefield are struggling with a relatively new national crisis. According to the CDC, “The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic.” Often linked to the rise in OxyContin prescriptions, to treat pain, opioids have quickly gone mainstream. The amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled since 1999, the CDC reports. … 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

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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