Connecticut Department of Public Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services
Population: 3.573 million
Connecticut is the third smallest state in the United States in terms of area, but the fourth most densely populated state. Connecticut is located between two large metropolitan areas, New York City and Boston, and is a major transit and distribution point for drugs, particularly along the three major interstates through the state—I-84, 91, and 95. Statistics from the Office of the Medical Examiner showed that there were more than 1,000 accidental overdoses in both 2017 and 2018. As of June 2019, Connecticut has initiated statewide adoption of ODMAP. EMS responders are required to report all data regarding opioid overdoses to the Connecticut Poison Control Center (CPCC) by telephone immediately following the incident. At this time, data are entered by CPCC into ODMAP within 24 hours. The information is shared with the Department of Public Health (DPH) and will be disseminated to local public health, safety, and community groups through early-warning alerts and demographic reports. The data collected will be used so that communities can better target resources where hot spots of drug overdoses have appeared. Communities will establish response plans for overdose spikes and engage in prevention activities in those areas.