InterCommunity’s Detoxification Center was featured on WFSB’s Better CT that aired on September 29, 2016. The current opioid epidemic sweeping the country has killed thousands of people of all ages and walks of life. Addiction may start with a painful life event such as an accident or surgery, which leads to abuse of prescription opioids, such as Percocet, OxyContin, or codeine. When the drugs run out, people may turn to heroin.
Hebe Kudisch, Program Coordinator, has seen how addiction starts. “Sometimes people want something stronger for pain. They start using prescription opioids, such as Tylenol with codeine or Percocet.”
“Heroin is relatively cheap and relatively easy to get most anywhere,” stated Bill Young, InterCommunity’s Chief Strategy Officer. “In my opinion, if any town in Connecticut thinks it’s exempt from that , it’s not.”
Staff work 24/7 at the Detoxification Center to check the vital signs and ensure the comfort and safety of people withdrawing from opioids. But as Bill Young notes, “Withdrawal from opioids is just the beginning of recovery. Detoxification helps people through withdrawal symptoms. Everyone works with a counselor on next steps.”