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In opioid crisis, a call to action for advanced practice nurses

Rates of opioid abuse and heroin use have reached epidemic proportions in Connecticut. According to government statistics, accidental deaths rose from 357 in 2012 to 723 in 2015 — 53 percent of those involving heroin. That is a 102 percent increase in lives lost in a three-year period. Not only do individuals and families suffer but the financial implications are also substantial.