Spike in Connecticut’s accidental heroin deaths

Victoria Richards
Pharmacology expert Victoria Richards, associate professor of medical sciences at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, is available to discuss accidental heroin deaths, which were up 48 percent last year from 2012, according to the Hartford Courant.

"Efforts to increase education, awareness and training in pain management need to surpass this staggering increase in accidental deaths from all drugs," Richards said. "The characterization that heroin abuse was contained to a particular area or a particular group I think reinforces a sense of complacency. Whether it is heroin or heroin adulterated with potent prescription opioids, substance abuse should be addressed as a symptom of a disease that can affect anyone, anywhere whether in the inner city, suburbs or rural areas. This is a new dangerous trend within an old dangerous trend. However, I agree that naloxone availability and training should be more widespread; perhaps greater incentives for drug discovery and development for antidotes like naloxone are needed."

Richards holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Arizona.

To arrange an interview with Richards, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, 203-206-4449.

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