Connecticut Opioid
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The genesis of the Connecticut Opioid REsponse strategic plan grew from the Governor’s charge to the Alcohol and Drug Policy Council (ADPC), a statewide stakeholder group, to comprehensively address Connecticut’s opioid crisis. The CORE team was engaged to supplement and support the work of the ADPC by creating a focused set of tactics and methods for immediate deployment in order to have a rapid impact on the number of opioid overdose deaths in Connecticut. The CORE team was asked to focus on evidence-based strategies with measurable and achievable outcomes. Finally, the CORE team’s strategic plan is cognizant of Connecticut’s new economic reality while not shying away from proven strategies that may not be funded currently.

Accordingly, the strategic plan lays out a series of actions designed to rapidly reduce opioid-related overdose deaths in Connecticut. As a strategic, tactical document, it does not represent a broader strategy to address many of the complex factors that have produced the opioid crisis. The CORE team will continue to work with the ADPC as they lead the state’s comprehensive response to the opioid crisis and collaborate on future challenges as they develop.

The CORE initiative is a mechanism for articulating data-driven and evidence-based medical, public health, and policy strategic initiatives related to treating opioid use disorder, reducing overdose events, and a means for achieving these initiatives. To help focus efforts, the CORE initiative will serve as a vehicle to articulate tactics and methods that are most likely to help achieve these aims in the short term. To help monitor progress, the CORE initiative provides measures or metrics that can be tracked to assess progress over time.



To decrease the adverse impact of opioids on Connecticut residents, with an immediate emphasis on reducing overdose mortality.

To change the way we THINK about, TALK about, and TREAT addiction.


To identify sources of current Connecticut data and to apply evidence to most urgently and efficiently guide efforts to achieve our mission.


Evidence, timeliness, respect, access, collaboration, and measurable high-impact efforts.


  CT state agencies, legislatively mandated entities, & elected officials

  • Alcohol and Drug Policy Council
  • Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Department of Consumer Protection
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Social Services
  • Insurance Department
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Office of the Governor
  • Office of Policy and Management
  • Southeastern Mental Health Authority
  • State Representative Theresa Conroy
  • State Senator Terry Gerratana
  City agencies
  • Hartford, Department of Health and Human Services
  • New Haven, Health Department and Community Services Administration
  • New London, Office of Human Services
  • Waterbury, Department of Health
  Federal agencies
  • Office of the National Drug Control Policy, New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  Non-governmental agencies
  • Access Health CT
  • AIDS Project Connecticut
  • AIDS Project Greater Danbury
  • Alliance for Living
  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, Provider’s Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine, Connecticut Chapter
  • APT Foundation
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
  • Community Health Resources
  • Connecticut Association of Addiction Professionals
  • Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance
  • Connecticut Counseling Centers
  • Connecticut Hospital Association Emergency Department Directors Meeting Group
  • Connecticut Prevention Network
  • Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Hartford Dispensary
  • InterCommunity
  • Liberation Programs
  • Litchfield County Opiate Task Force
  • Multicultural Ambulatory Addiction Services (MAAS)
  • Newtown Prevention Council
  • Optimus Health Care
  • Recovery Network of Programs
  • Rushford
  • University of Connecticut Health Center
  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Yale University School of Medicine
  • Yale University School of Public Health
  Expert advisors
  • Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD
  • Traci C. Green, PhD, MSc
  • Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH
  • Richard S. Schottenfeld, MD
  • Kathryn Hawk, MD
  Scientific contributors
  • Lauretta E. Grau, PhD
  • Russell C. Barbour, PhD
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