MCCA Is Awarded Funding To Combat Heroin Epidemic In New Milford

MCCA was recently awarded three grants totaling $22,500 to help the agency meet the growing need for opiate treatment in their New Milford outpatient clinic. The awards were as follows: Union Savings Bank for $10,000, the Cowles Foundation for $2,500 and the Derx Foundation for $10,000.

The heroin epidemic has been sweeping across the state and New Milford has been hit particularly hard. In Connecticut, heroin-related deaths skyrocketed from 174 in 2012 to 325 in 2014, according to a report by the state medical examiner. Nationwide, heroin-related deaths nearly tripled from 2002 to 2013, according to the federal National Vital Statistics System; every day two Americans die of an opioid overdose.

Rick Dable, Program Director for MCCA’s New Milford Outpatient Clinic stated that, “Approximately 80% of our clients in Intensive Outpatient groups are opiate dependent, and 45% of our overall clients are being treated for opiates.”

MCCA is one of the largest providers of substance abuse treatment in Connecticut and has been actively involved with New Milford’s Substance Abuse Prevention Council. Over the past four months MCCA co-sponsored two Narcan trainings with the council. Conducted my Joanne Montgomery from the AIDS Project of Greater Danbury, the trainings were free and open to the public, and each attendee was given a free kit. All of MCCA’s staff have been trained to administer Narcan – which can immediately reverse an opiate overdose and save a life. MCCA has also participated in several panels on opioid use in New Milford – providing the community with information on prevention and intervention resources

“MCCA is pleased the receive this funding to treat those individuals struggling with opiate addiction,” said Joe Sullivan, president and CEO of MCCA. “We recognized that New Milford has been hit hard by this epidemic and these funds will help us to increase staffing in our outpatient facility in New Milford at a critical time.”

MCCA believes that alcoholism, drug addiction, problem gambling and co-occurring disorders are treatable illnesses and that those affected – including other family members – can recover. For more information visit our website at MCCAOnline.com.



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