In southeastern Connecticut, a team of Recovery Navigators is offering a hand -- and a sense of hope -- to residents with opioid drug addiction. This hour, we take an in-depth look at the work this team is doing.
We also hear why some municipal leaders -- including the mayor of New London, Connecticut -- are championing legislation that would grant municipalities the right to sue big pharma over the ongoing opioid crisis.
And finally, when it comes to Medicaid insurance, why are certified nurse midwives in Connecticut reimbursed at a lower rate than OB/GYN physicians? We take a closer look with Connecticut Public Radio health care reporter Nicole Leonard, and we also hear from you.
- Carol Jones - Director of Harm Reduction at the Alliance for Living and program manager for the Recovery Navigators; she is in her 32nd year of remission for substance use disorder
- Jess Morris - Recovery Navigator with the Alliance for Living and the New London CARES program; she is 6.5 years in recovery from substance use disorder
- Jeanne Milstein - Director of Human Services for the City of New London
- Nicole Leonard - Health care reporter for WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio (@ACPressNLeonard)
The Day: New London mayor to co-chair Opioid Strategy Task Force - "New London Mayor Michael Passero will lead the bipartisan Connecticut Opioid Strategy Task Force, or COST, with New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson Jr. and New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart."
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.