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Connecticut Laws and Programs

  • By: Rosalind Kopfstein
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Enacted laws, legislative councils, and partnerships of private and community groups have shaped the state of Connecticut's drug policy. Its focus is on prevention and education, along with diversion programs to reduce substance abuse arrests and prison recidivism rates due to drug and alcohol convictions. This entry is a brief summary of Connecticut's DUI laws, prescription drug monitoring legislation, incarceration and recidivism rates, and community initiatives.

During 2009 efforts to reduce underage drinking and opioid use were paramount to Governor M. Jodi Rell and her legislative priorities. The State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services was the key agency in this initiative. Funds were provided to 50 communities and additional funds were granted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a federal ...

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