Connecticut State Laws for Substance Abuse Treatment
Connecticut Rehab and Recovery Resources
Employee Rights in Connecticut
Connecticut employee rights are surprisingly liberal when it comes to private employment. While the state does give employers the right to prohibit the use of intoxicants, including alcohol and marijuana, during the work period, employers are not even allowed to screen for drugs prior to employment unless they have a written agreement with the employee. And positive drug screens are required to be conducted on the same sample, a second time with sophisticated drug detection equipment, otherwise, no action may be taken against an employee or potential employee.
Of course, there is no state law that requires employers health insurance policies to offer drug or alcohol rehabilitation costs, so employees of private companies are encouraged to read their company health insurance policies carefully, consult their union reps or HR department, and call the insurer personally. Keep in mind too, that there is sometimes a significant difference between self-identifying to your company that you have a drug or alcohol problem, and after the fact when you have been arrested for a DUI, or possession of marijuana or a similar drug.
Drug Abuse in Connecticut
Connecticut is home to some of the most beautiful mountains and valleys in our great nation. Unfortunately, Connecticut is also currently struggling with high drug abuse rates that show no signs of slowing. As Connecticut as legalized recreational and medicinal marijuana use, the use of this and other harder drugs has exploded. The rampant abuse of prescription medications such as OxyContin has proved to be difficult, if not impossible, for state and law enforcement officials to stay on top of. The need for reputable drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers throughout the state has grown exponentially in the past decade.
Connecticut is considered to be one of the top ten states with the highest rates of overdose deaths involving opioids. During the year 2016, deaths increased by 4 times the national average, stunning the state’s department of health. While it is impossible to include all drug-related overdoses in statistics, the shocking rise indicates a massive abuse of prescribed medications in Connecticut.
Connecticut Addiction Recovery
By far, the vast majority of Connecticut rehab centers are private. Individuals unable to pay out of pocket for private drug addiction recovery programs are able to contact state health offices for state run rehab. Unfortunately, there are few state-run rehab centers in the state. For those with insurance, the options for inpatient drug rehab are wide and varied. Addiction recovery for Connecticut residents can involve different approaches depending on the type of addiction and need for mental health care.
Addiction recovery will likely involve a multi-stage program beginning with drug or alcohol detox. Drug detox involves helping rid the body of toxins that build up during drug abuse. These toxins will need to be flushed from the system in order to begin inpatient rehab. This detox process can take days or weeks depending on the type of drug and length of abuse. Following detox, inpatient rehab can begin. This step includes group and private counseling sessions, experiential therapies, group activities, nutritional classes, and other individualized therapies that are needed.
Following inpatient therapy, many recovering addicts transition to outpatient or sober living facilities. This transition is considered to be very important for those with relapse histories of those fighting specific drug addictions such as heroin or meth addiction. Sober living facilities allow clients to start to reengage with their previous lives, including work and family. By attaining to strict house rules, many clients find these sober living homes a huge motivation to staying clean.
Connecticut Drug Laws
The following Connecticut drug law facts according to the Connecticut State Legislature have to do with simple possession of illegal substances. There are significantly harsher penalties for the sale, manufacturing, and distribution of drugs:
Narcotics such as heroin, cocaine, and crack
- For a first offense: up to a 7-year jail term and up to a $50,000 fine
- For a second offense: up to a 15-year jail term, up to a $100,000 fine
- Subsequent offenses: up to 25-year jail term, up to a $250,000 fine
Dangerous hallucinogens or at least 4 ounces of marijuana
- For a first offense: up to a 5-year imprisonment term, and up to a $2,000 fine
- Subsequent offenses: up to 10-year imprisonment term and up to a $5,000 fine
Any other illegal drug or less than 4oz. of marijuana
- For a first offense: up to 1-year jail term, and a fine up to $1,000
- Subsequent offenses: up to 5-years imprisonment and a fine up to $3,000.
Possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana
- Possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana is currently considered a minor offense and is punishable by a $150 fine. Underage users may have their driver’s license suspended, and subsequent users arrested for small amounts of marijuana may undergo court-ordered drug education at their own expense.
In short, the legal ramifications of Connecticut drug addiction runs the gamut from harsh to minor penalties, and one will note that the state has given courts wide latitude in distributing penalties. In fact, Connecticut has two special courts in the state that deals solely with drug-related offenses, and are experts at assessing and tempering justice vs criminal penalties. Courts in the State also have the legal right to sentence and confine drug addicts to a Connecticut rehab center.
Connecticut Drug Rehab FAQ
What is the Connecticutlaw on medical marijuana use?
Under state law, Connecticut employee rights specifically prevent employers from discriminating against employees who have been certified by the state to use legal marijuana. Firing an employee who legally has such use, or rescinding an offer of employment will in many cases be grounds for a lawsuit. Keep in mind though, that this is not an absolute right. Even with a legal right to smoke marijuana in Connecticut, if you sneak into the bathroom during your break to roll up a fattie, or during lunch your dessert includes two marijuana-laced brownies, you can indeed be legally fired for using intoxicants during working hours.
Is random drug testing by an employer allowed?
The subject of random drug testing often comes up when it comes to employee rights. In Connecticut, employers can conduct random drug testing to ensure their employees are not under the influence of a drug such as marijuana in the workplace if the employee is in a high risk of safety-sensitive position, or alternatively, the employer can formally request the employee submit to a formal drug test. There are pros and cons and ins and outs concerning the legality of such tests, so employers and employees alike should consult an attorney for further advice.
How do I apply for disability in Connecticut?
Not all drug use concerns illegal or discouraged drugs. The National Institute of Drug abuse reports that as many as 29 percent of patients taking prescription painkillers from physicians misuse their opioids, and over 10 percent of patients become addicted. Indeed, law enforcement officials report that opioid abuse contributes to a high rate of crimes such a burglary and that nearly 80 percent of heroin users first used prescription opioids. If you become addicted to prescription drugs, there is a good chance an attorney can help you apply for Social Security Disability. Receiving Social Security Disability is no slam dunk, however. The agency often rules out even problems such as opioid abuse at hand, so it takes a good attorney to forward your case.
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