Milford Opioid Response Initiative

Reducing drug overdoses and overdose deaths of Milford residents by engaging a multi-stakeholder collaborative and obtaining high quality, comprehensive, and timely data to inform prevention and response efforts. See more information below on this initiative and how you can join. 

Trainings and Educational Opportunities

Opioid Overdose Prevention/Naloxone (Narcan).  Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a prescription medication that reverses opioid overdoses. It is a safe and easy to use medication that you can get from your doctor or a certified pharmacist. See a list of Milford specific pharmacies below.  CT Medicaid and most commercial insurance cover naloxone, although there may be a co-pay or deductible. Learn more about Narcan here. For trainings on this topic you can find more information click Alliance for Prevention and Wellness and see more information on them below.  

Free Trainings and Community Events

GenZ: What You Need to Know About: Teens Drugs and Social Media (A 4 part interactive series) Join in person at the Milford library or online!

Every Tuesday in October 2022 (Oct. 4th , 11th, 18th and 25th) at 6pm. RSVP at  Click here for details

Missed a session? Check out the information below. 

Oct. 4th Unmask the stash- summary sheet watch the recording here Passcode: Da8!.kHf

Oct.18th- #influencer. Social media trends and teens- summary sheet watch recording here Passcode: dh65=1M#

Oct. 25th - Fentanyl- Fueling the crisis- summary sheet- watch recording here passcode: M^FRas+3

Drug take back day! October 29th 10am-2pm at Milford Senior Center 9 Jepson Drive, Milford

Bring by any unused or expired medication, including pet prescriptions! Vaping devices also accepted. 

November 22, 2022 : Addiction Medicine Rounds: Toxicity of Xylazine and How It Impacts Treatment for People Who Use Drugs Contact

December 2, 2022 at 10:30am:The Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (CT BHP) in conjunction with the Connecticut Hospital Association is proud to sponsor a professional forum focusing on Understanding and Promoting Health Equity in the Treatment of Substance Use. Please register here

December 5, 2022 at 6pm: The New Marijuana, CT's Law and You. To register go to The New Marijuana, CT's Law and You Presentation ( 







Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Access Line


Statewide toll-free number for people seeking treatment and information about treatment and services. Answered 24/7/365

Bridges Healthcare

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Get Help Now | Help Line: 203-878-6365.

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Bridges offers fast-track access to treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder, ages 16 and up.Call 203.878.6365 Today

MATT’s Van

Street-Side Treatment and Support for Opioid Addiction

Bridges' MATT's Van is Connecticut's first Mobile Addiction Treatment Team for opioid addiction. MATT's Van reduces the barriers to treatment by offering individuals a way to get help without having to make an appointment at a clinic and wait to be seen by a clinician.

Eliminate Withdrawal Symptoms and Reduce Cravings

MATT's Van clients are seen immediately by a recovery coach and prescriber; prescriptions for Suboxone are written immediately on the Van with same day unobserved Suboxone inductions. The medication reduces withdrawal symptoms and the chances of a relapse. Clients will have access to a peer counselor, a Narcan overdose reversal kit, referral to a treatment center like Bridges, and transportation to a pharmacy to fill the prescription.

The service is free and does not require proof of insurance however individuals must be over 18 to receive services. Click here for additional information 

Fentanyl test strips are a tool that can be used to prevent an opioid overdose. Many illicit drugs contain fentanyl, which can be lethal. If they test positive, the person can then think about changing the way they are taking the drug (using less or going slow), making sure they don't use alone, or choosing not to use it. Watch the fentanyl test strip video to learn the proper steps to test for fentanyl. Contact your local SSP or local health department for more information about where to get the strips. Information for Healthcare Providers and People Who Use Drugs

"Fake pills,” also known as counterfeit pills, are often being sold through the illicit drug market. These pills can be laced with other drugs (like fentanyl) that can be deadly. They are produced without safety controls in substandard conditions, labeled incorrectly, and have many unknown substances. It is important to be aware that a number of these drugs are being sold through social media and online, not just on the street. Pills marked as Adderall, Xanax, and Oxycodone can be pressed by illegal drug mills to resemble these prescription drugs. Over 25% of these pills tested positive with a lethal dose of fentanyl. The DEA has stated that the best way to avoid counterfeit medication is to take only medications prescribed by a licensed medical professional and dispensed by a registered pharmacist. Click here to watch the video fake pills


Alliance for Prevention and Wellness

Alliance for Prevention and Wellness is contracted with the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to provide prevention and training for behavioral health and promote mental health services to 36 towns and communities in the South-Central Region of Connecticut, also known as DMHAS Region 2.

Communities include: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Derby, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Haven, Essex, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Orange, Portland, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, Westbrook, West Haven, Woodbridge.

Pharmacies in Milford  

Howes Drug & Medical

(203) 878-2441

78 Broad St

Walmart Pharmacy #10-5294

(203) 301-0559

1365 Boston Post Rd

Rite Aid #2574

(203) 877-6774

1360 Boston Post Rd

Rite Aid #10367

(203) 874-0845

1387 New Haven Ave

CVS Pharmacy #1241

(203) 877-8127

734 Bridgeport Ave

Costco Pharmacy #312

(203) 701-3051

1718 Boston Post Rd

Walgreens #06503

(203) 876-7643

541 Bridgeport Ave

Walgreens #01451

(203) 878-7265

1083 Boston Post Rd

CVS Pharmacy #17137

(203) 306-5064

1191 Boston Post Rd

CVS Pharmacy #71

(203) 783-9058

989 Boston Post Rd

Genoa Healthcare LLC

(203) 301-8861

941 Bridgeport Ave Suite M5

Milford Pharmacy and Home Care Inc

(203) 713-8101

78 Broad St

ShopRite of Milford

(203) 783-0587

935 Boston Post Rd


Connecticut State Department of Public Health,

Opioids and Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention

The misuse of prescription medication and opioid-based drugs has increased significantly over the years to become a public health concern in Connecticut. Click on the picture to visit the DPH website and find out more about the Naloxone + Opioid Response App (NORA), a free interactive educational tool that will expand your understanding of what naloxone is and reinforce initial training when a prescription is filled for it. Opioid overdose data also can be found here, including data in the form of an interactive dashboard, and data from the State’s syndromic surveillance system (EpiCenter), the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Prescription Drug Monitoring and Reporting System, and the Statewide Overdose Reporting Directive. 

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YouthRecoveryCT Can Help.

For Connecticut teens and young adults struggling with addiction or substance use issues, YouthRecoveryCT offers recovery assistance, peer support, and hope—even if your situation seems hopeless, and even if you have already tried treatment and support groups with no success. Meet people who know what it’s like to walk in your shoes and let them show you a better path.

Milford Opioid Response Initiative

The Milford Health Department was awarded the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) grant through the Department of Public Health. It is a 2-year grant that focuses on the complex and changing nature of the drug overdose epidemic and highlights the need for an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and cohesive public health approach. The purpose of the grant is to reduce drug overdoses and overdose deaths of Milford residents using high quality, more comprehensive, and timely data on overdose morbidity and mortality and to use these data to inform prevention and response efforts.

The Milford Community Opioid Overdose Response (COOR) Collaborative has been formed to assist the Milford Health Department and the Maine Medical Association Center for Quality Improvement with the CT OD2A grant. The COOR is a multi-stakeholder collaborative that is working to align and de-duplicate community efforts for prevention and treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and substance use disorder (SUD).

By leveraging data from various sources, such as the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the CT Department of Public Health (DPH), the COOR will assist in the development of a data to action roadmap that focuses on whole person care for someone suffering with OUD and/or SUD. The COOR also will develop a sustainable model of collaboration that will leverage these and other data for a more unified response to OUD and SUD that best serves the citizens of Milford.

If you are interested in joining the collaborative or have questions please contact Jennifer Clarke-Lofters, Community Health Coordinator at or 203-701-4524.

Meet the COOR

CT Dept Public Health

Milford Health Department

Maine Medical Association-Center for Quality Improvement

Bridgeport Hospital - Milford Campus

Milford Prevention Council

Milford Department of Human Services/Milford Youth and Family Services

Milford Public Schools

Milford Police Department

Milford Fire/EMS

Bridges Healthcare, Inc & MATT's Van

Alliance for Prevention & Wellness (BHCare)

Beth El, Inc

Connecticut HIDTA

Connecticut Overdose Response Strategy, New England HIDTA

United Way of Milford