Housatonic Valley Health District, in partnership with local police departments, closely monitors opioid cases and actively participants in local opioid taskforces. This page is intended to provide information about the opioid crisis within the United States and our communities as well as provide resources to mitigate this issue.
Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) are treatable, chronic diseases characterized by a problematic pattern of use of a substance or substances leading to impairments in health, social function, and control over substance use. It is a cluster of cognitive, behavioral, and physiological symptoms indicating that the individual continues using the substance despite harmful consequences. Patterns of symptoms resulting from substance use (drugs or alcohol) can help a doctor diagnose a person with a SUD or SUDs. SUDs can range in severity from mild to severe and can affect people of any race, gender, income level, or social class.