Connecticut and the other dissenting states said talks with Purdue are progressing so they consented to extend a new, temporary halt to the lawsuits.
Connecticut will receive a combined $17 million from two federal agencies to track opioid overdoses and expand access to treatment.
Conn. Attorney General William Tong is participating in talks with Purdue Pharma, and its owners, the Sackler family, about their offer to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company for $10 billion to $12 billion.
The opioid epidemic that has besieged Hartford — claiming 10 lives in the last week — coincides with key legislation that was passed just under the wire during the legislative session.
Supporters say medical marijuana can ease the symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
President Donald Trump’s nominee for “drug czar” visited New Haven on Monday, prompted by the massive medical emergency caused by the synthetic cannabinoid K2, to discuss the ongoing and deadly addiction epidemic that continues to grip Connecticut.
Rationality devoid of humanity often masks cruelty. “I was only following orders,” is a problematic justification. Which brings me to Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed budget and the disproportionate gutting of behavioral health services in Connecticut. This in the midst of an epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse and an unprecedented number of overdose deaths.