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Connecticut has a population of 3,425,074. Out of that, the state has 8,758 law enforcement officers, a prison population of 18,700, a probation population of 49,352, and a national crime rate rank of 33 in the nation. The drug situation in this state is affecting many people everyday and is the problem just continues to grow. Heroin has now equaled crack cocaine as the greatest threat to the state of Connecticut.

Heroin is not only a significant problem in the suburban areas of this region, but as well to the urban areas. It is located between the drug distribution centers of New York and Boston, and is an important transit and destination for area for drugs. Interstate 95, the major north-south route on the East Coast, extends along Connecticut's southern shore through Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London. It connects New York City with Boston and continues to the U.S.-Canada border. Interstate 91 extends from New Haven north to Massachusetts, Vermont and the U.S.-Canada border. These interstates intersect in New Haven and from what is known by law enforcement as the New England Pipeline.

In the year of 2004, the state of Connecticut seized 23.8 kilograms of Cocaine, 7.8 kilograms of Heroin, 20.8 kilograms of Marijuana, and 49 tablets of Ecstasy. These numbers have increased significantly since then, now with Heroin keeping pace with the Cocaine. The demand for Heroin is increasing dramatically in this region. It is easily accessible, and selling at extremely low prices with high purity levels. The purity levels are at an average of 70-80% analyzed by DEA laboratories. Hispanics, specifically Dominican groups, are largely responsible for the street distribution of heroin in Connecticut. Colombian and Dominican narcotics traffickers are the primary suppliers of high-quality heroin to the street dealers. Dominican violators usually acting on behalf of Colombian traffickers, serve as mid-level heroin distributors. The heroin is primarily being transported into CT from New York City, usually entering the region via one of the major interstates, in automobiles equipped with hidden hydraulic compartments or traps, or hidden compartments. This is causing an extensively high drug problem and crime rate for the state of Connecticut.

On average, two people die of a drug overdose every day in Connecticut. More people die here from overdoses than in car accidents or by gunshot. There were about 2,000 drug overdose deaths in Connecticut between 2012 and 2015.. Connecticut has now surpassed the national death rate for drug and opioid overdoses since 2013. Heroin deaths have increased 27% and Fentanyl deaths have increased 148% from the year 2014 to 2015. Overall, 723 people died in Connecticut in 2015 from heroin, cocaine or other drugs such as morphine. Of those deaths, 415 were heroin-related and in 107 of those deaths Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate, was included. Connecticut, like other New England states, has been hit hard by the supply of Heroin and in particular, Heroin mixed with Fentanyl.

In conclusion, the drug epidemic and number of drug overdoses in Connecticut are on the rise. In 2012, there were 312 drug related deaths. In 2013, 495 deaths, 2014, 568 deaths, and in 2015, 723 people have lost their lives due to drug addiction and not seeking drug rehab. The drug epidemic in Connecticut is an ongoing crisis and many are struggling with it daily. Drug rehab seems to be the only known and real solution to this crisis.

Illicit Drug Use in the Past Month among Persons Aged 12 or Older in Connecticut, by Substate Region: Percentages, Annual Averages Based on 2010, 2011, and 2012 NSDUHs (Source: SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health)

In Connecticut, about 30,000 adolescents (10.3 % of all youths) per year in 2008 to 2012, reported using illegal drugs within the month prior to being surveyed.

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