APT’s Toll On Our Neighborhoods

by Kica Matos | Sep 18, 2018 2:39 pm | Comments (59)

Last week, over 30 minutes in mid-morning, my husband and I witnessed open-air drug deals outside of the church next door, followed by drug use next to a school bus. A knife-wielding man rampaged up the street followed by a highly intoxicated woman.  Five minutes later, a John and a sex worker engaged in sex acts in the open.

Later that afternoon as I walked my dog in the park, I was overwhelmed by what I saw: a used condom on the sidewalk next to my house and dirty needles, bloody gauzes and empty drug bags littering nearly every bench.

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Chapel Apartments Get 3rd Lead Order

by Thomas Breen | Sep 17, 2018 8:09 am | Comments (3)

The city’s health department issued seven lead paint abatement orders in two weeks to six different landlords in the Hill, East Shore, the Annex, West River, and Fair Haven.

One of those abatement orders is for a Chapel Street apartment complex that the city has cited three times so far this year for three different units containing dangerously high levels of lead paint and housing child tenants with high levels of lead in their blood.

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Lamont, Murphy Denounce Healthcare “Sabotage”

by Thomas Breen | Sep 14, 2018 1:36 pm | Comments (3)

Thomas Breen photoPeople’s healthcare is on the ballot this November. And the vote is between broader and more affordable access on the one hand, and limited coverage and insurance company profits on the other.

That’s the way that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy framed this year’s state and federal elections during a Friday morning healthcare-related press conference held in the city health department’s ninth floor public health clinic at 54 Meadow St.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski responded on Friday afternoon by calling Lamont “desperate” and his “false accusations” and not “bound by facts or concerned with the truth.”

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APT In The Crosshairs

by Allan Appel | Sep 13, 2018 12:22 pm | Comments (13)

Move the entire operation away from homes and schools deep into the heart of Yale’s medical district.

Fix the broken, under-funded Medicaid transportation system that’s supposed to serve those in recovery.

Have a private van service escort clients in and out.

Maybe even form a drug users’ union so they can have their own voice.

Operate in all of Connecticut’s 169 towns, and do it 24/7, if you must, but find ways to relieve the stress on an already deeply stressed Hill neighborhood.

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Did APT Help?

by Paul Bass | Sep 7, 2018 2:16 pm | Comments (28)

Christopher Peak PhotoA woman arrested for shoplifting told the cops she travels to New Haven from Waterbury each day to get methadone. And she feels she’s not getting the help she needs to wean herself off it.

Her story sounded familiar.

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Yale Cops Threaten Strike

by Markeshia Ricks | Sep 6, 2018 12:28 pm | Comments (6)

Paul Bass PhotoAfter 27 months of bargaining with Yale University, the university’s police force is still without a contract. Both the university and the cops’ union president say progress has been made but a proposed change to retiree health care benefits could blow up the process by the end of the week.

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Judge Weighs Class Action Argument

by Christopher Peak | Sep 6, 2018 8:00 am | Comments (2)

Brian Slattery PhotoChurch Street South’s former tenants might have a basis to argue that landlord Northland Investment Co. acted unscrupulously in letting the complex fall apart, but they’d have a tougher time proving the developer acted negligently.

Superior Court Judge Linda Lager dropped those hints about how she’s weighing the merits of a class action lawsuit that would allow former tenants to argue their points collectively at one trial, rather than at hundreds of separate proceedings.

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Narcan Distributed To Dozens On Green

by Allan Appel | Sep 4, 2018 7:38 am | Comments (17)

Allan AppelIn rehab from an opioid addiction, Kyle Cummings, who not long ago had been homeless and living in his car, is in a good place now. Yet there are many people in his life who are not. That’s why he was happy to receive the latest edition of the opioid antidote, Narcan, in a nasal spray variety— to keep in his pocket, just in case.

Linda Guttierez smokes a synthetic cannabinoid known as K2 or Spice, a bad batch of which which sent approximately 47 people, including Guttierez, to the hospital for a total of over 100 times in a couple of days last month.

As she copes with addiction, she said she now feels more secure to have received several packets of specialized fentanyl detection strips to dip into the K2. With a little water, you insert the strip and see if it’s positive or negative, just like in a pregnancy test.

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