It’s been declared a national public health emergency. In the United States, the annual number of deaths from opioid overdose has surpassed the number of deaths during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the ‘90s.
But opioid users aren’t the only victims of this crisis.
More and more children are entering the foster care system every year at an unprecedented rate. How is the opioid crisis affecting them around the country and here in Connecticut?
We hear about a unique program in Connecticut that aims to keep families together. Parents are connected to services in the home and they get to keep their children.
Have you or your family been affected by the opioid crisis?
We also get a preview of new documentary, “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic," that’s coming to CPTV later this month.
On Tuesday, January 23 there will be a screening of “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic” at Gateway Community College followed by a panel discussion. Learn more here.
- Sherry Lachman - Founder and Executive Director of Foster America
- Elizabeth Duryea - Department of Children and Families Chief of Staff and principal lead in launching DCF’s new Family Stability Program
- Karen Hanson - Director of the Family-Based Recovery Services Program at the Yale Child Studies Center
- Heidi Veltheim- Family-Based Recovery senior clinician
- John Grant - Producer and Writer of Understanding the Opioid Crisis