HADDAM — Health-care professionals, emergency service personnel, social service providers, elected officials and families who have lost children to opioid abuse met recently to give U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., a report from the front lines in the battle against the plague.
Essex First Selectman Norman Needleman pushed for more education programs to alert people to the dangers of drugs. He was joined by another speaker in calling on Murphy to do more to halt the wave of synthetic drugs — in particular fentanyl — flooding into the country.
“It’s almost a homeland security issue,” the man said.
Needleman also said the insurance industry “needs to be brought to heel.”