- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - A forum is planned in Waterbury to discuss the heroin problem in central and northwestern Connecticut, including ways the federal government can help efforts to reduce drug trafficking.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is hosting the “Community Conversation on Heroin,” planned Thursday morning at Waterbury City Hall.

In 2013, 257 Connecticut residents died from heroin overdoses. Esty’s office said Torrington and Waterbury are two cities in the 5th Congressional District that are struggling with heroin use.

Besides Esty, Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, Torrington Mayor Elinor Carbone, Torrington Police Chief Mike Maniago, Waterbury Deputy Chief of Police Chris Corbett and Connecticut Department of Social Services Commissioner Jewell Mullen are scheduled to be on hand for the event.

Representatives from area hospitals and drug treatment experts are also expected to participate.

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