Murphy, Blumenthal to hold summit on opioid crisis

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal are planning a summit on the state’s opioid crisis to develop recommendations to a national panel studying the problem.

The event is scheduled Monday at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

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The two Democratic senators say they want to identify problems in Connecticut that could be helped by federal reforms and send recommendations to a commission established by President Donald Trump to fight drug addiction.

The chief medical examiner’s office says 917 people died of accidental drug overdoses in Connecticut last year, a 26 percent increase over 2015. About 480 of the deaths involved the powerful opioid fentanyl.

A member of the president’s opioid commission is scheduled to speak at the summit, which will also include medical treatment providers, police officials and community groups.

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