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Posted on: March 16, 2017

Murphy holds roundtable to discuss state opioid crisis

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WEST HAVEN, March 16, 2017 — At the microphone, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., holds a roundtable with Mayor Edward M. O’Brien and Deputy Commissioner Nancy Navarretta of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, both flanking Murphy, and local first responders, treatment providers and community organizations Thursday, March 16, in the third-floor conference room of City Hall to discuss the growing opioid crisis in Connecticut. The officials representing West Haven at the table are, from the right of O’Brien, West Shore Fire Department Chief Stephen Scafariello, West Haven Fire Department Chief James P. O’Brien, Police Chief John Karajanis Jr., acting Chief Michael T. Esposito of the City of West Haven Fire Department Allingtown and Superintendent of Schools Neil C. Cavallaro. During the hourlong discussion, Murphy provided the more than 50 participants with an update on his efforts to help state communities combat the opioid and addiction epidemic by expanding access to treatment, securing federal funding, and fighting against harmful efforts to gut access to addiction treatment. Murphy is the co-author of the bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act. The bill, passed last year, will expand federal resources and improve the coordination of mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. (City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)

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