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The mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Heroin Education Action Team (USA HEAT) is to reduce the growing harm to Connecticut families and communities caused by heroin/opioid abuse by increasing community understanding of this epidemic. USA HEAT is a partnership between the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut and families who have lost a loved one to an overdose. These courageous moms, dads, brothers, sisters and children share their story in order to help others avoid the grief of losing a family member from this dangerous epidemic.

Heroin, Fentanyl, and other opioids are increasingly available on Connecticut streets, with deadly consequences. The victims of drug addiction and overdose deaths are getting younger. Abuse of these deadly drugs is not limited to any particular socioeconomic group. The increasing incidence of opiate abuse fuels violent and property crime in our communities, stresses our social services network, burdens our healthcare system, and reaches into our schools. Most of all, this scourge is devastating Connecticut families and robbing us of the promise and potential of thousands of our citizens who are enslaved by addiction.

USA HEAT seeks to inform our communities of what we are up against, and what we can do to fight back. Our team members deliver a compelling message, based on the tragedy that they have experienced first-hand. USA HEAT seeks to mobilize our communities to implement a coordinated, effective response to this growing threat. U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly and her staff partner with members of the team to deliver a truly powerful message to community groups about the growing heroin epidemic and its real impact on our families.


The Opioid Crisis Hits Home: Stories from Connecticut
Chasing the Dragon

HEAT in the Media

September 29, 2017 Media coverage of the Opiod Crisis Form held at Yale

August 28, 2017 Meriden non-profit, hosting second rally Saturday, honored for substance abuse advocacy, education

August 9, 2017 - Targeting dealers in Connecticut overdose cases making a difference

July 17, 2017 - After Losing Daughter To Opioids, Local Mom Presses On Helping Others

April 25, 2017 - Connecticut law enforcement officials in Middletown: ‘Scourge’ of opioid overdoses must end

April 6, 2017 - Educating Public on Dangers of Opiates The Goal of HEAT Program

March 18, 2017 - Weston High School turns up the HEAT on opioid use

December 17, 2016 – Connecticut parents find coping with death in state opioid epidemic a tough and lonely road

December 17, 2016 – Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office working to help parents of fatal overdose victims

September 22, 2016 – Not All Opioids Are Equal

September 21, 2016 – Amid Opioid Epidemic, Fentanyl Discussed as Growing Problem

September 21, 2016 – Heroin and Opioid Awareness Conference Held in Waterbury

September 20, 2016 – New Haven Rehab Center Helps US Attorney Learn about Addiction Treatments amid aim to Target Opioid Crisis

September 19, 2016 – The Perfect Storm


Contact Us

For more information or to invite USA HEAT to address your group,
contact or call Ines Cenatiempo, Victim Assistance Specialist, at 203-821-3757.

Updated October 5, 2017