Here is Renee's interview with Kara Sepulveda, Public Health Assistant for Quinnipiack Public Health District.
She discusses the stigma surrounding the opioid epidemic and how the availability of naloxone and fentanyl test strips can work to mitigate the number of overdose deaths due to contaminants like fentanyl.
The Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) was awarded the Overdose Data to Action grant through the Department of Public Health (DPH) in March of 2020. In collaboration with the New Haven Health Department (NHHD) this new grant will allow us to expand our efforts to address the surging opioid crisis in the greater New Haven area. Working with the state DPH and other local partners, we aim to enhance our response to drug overdoses, strengthen public health interventions to prevent the misuse of opioids, improve protective behaviors, increase our communities awareness and reduce drug overdose morbidity and mortality.