State Launches 24-Hour Hotline to Help Heroin Addicts Seeking Treatment

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)- The State is making moves to combat Connecticut’s heroin crisis, by launching an 800 number, linking addicts to treatment centers.

The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, DMHAS, says anyone can now call 1-800-563-4086, any hour of the day, and be connected to a walk-in clinic near them. When callers dial that 24-hour number not only will they be connected to a clinic, but, trained staff members will call them back to make sure they got the help needed, and discuss and issues they may have encountered.

The heroin crisis has come to the forefront of many residents’ minds in recent months, after a string of overdoses and deaths.

“We need to do everything possible to fight addiction,” said Governor Dannel Malloy, (D) Connecticut, “This is no doubt an alarming nationwide trend.”

Governor Malloy has been very vocal about the problem in our state, saying part of the issue is the cheap price heroin is sold for on the streets. Governor says this hotline is a commonsense step.

“We encourage anyone who needs help to get it,” said Governor Malloy.

Officials with the DMHAS call this a step for addicts, on the road to recovery.

“We know that treatment works,” said Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner. “By calling this number and connecting to one of our assessment centers, we can get people the support and hope they need to help beat addiction.

In addition to calling the phone number, 1-800-563-4086, anyone looking for help can also visit the DMHAS website at http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/walkins.

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