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Trump Drug Czar: Solutions Begin At Home

by Thomas Breen | Aug 20, 2018 5:10 pm | Comments (2)

Thomas Breen photoIn a visit to New Haven Monday, President Trump’s drug czar promised that more federal dollars are on the way to help cities respond to the type of widespread drug abuse that led to over 100 overdoses last week on the New Haven Green.

But he also stressed that addiction is a “personal crisis for individuals” that is best responded to at the local level, even when supported by state and federal resources.

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by Thomas Breen | Aug 17, 2018 12:29 pm | Comments (22)

Thomas Breen photoThe synthetic cannabinoid AMB-FUBINACA is the primary chemical responsible for the 100-plus overdoses that have taken place mostly on the New Haven Green over the past two days among people smoking a bad batch of the synthetic marijuana known as K2.

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“Place Of Despair”?

by Staff | Aug 17, 2018 7:59 am | Comments (21)

(Updated with Fasano response to Harp’s response.) As city police, firefighters, and other emergency responders tended to waves of overdoses primarily on the New Haven Green on Wednesday and Thursday, a leading suburban Republican legislator provoked a firestorm of his own with a statement blaming the city for allowing the Green to deteriorate to the point that so many overdoses would occur.

Mayor Toni Harp, local Rev. Steven Cousin, and New Haven State Sen. Martin Looney came out swinging in response. Their statements (all written, except for the mayor’s which were delivered at a press conference) follow:

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