Greenwich police take multipronged approach to combat opioid crisis

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Police in Greenwich are taking a multipronged approach to try and curb the opioid crisis.

The approach is demonstrated by the arrest of a Queens man last week. Daniel Linfante was charged with manslaughter in March for an overdose death that happened in Greenwich in September 2018.

"What we've tried to do is investigate each one of those cases as a death investigation, so similar to a homicide," says Capt. Robert Berry.

Greenwich is one of Connecticut's wealthiest towns, but it's not immune to the opioid crisis that has hit communities across the state and country. In the past 20 months, officials say there have been three overdose deaths in Greenwich.

"This is a challenge not just to our community, says Berry. "It's across the entire nation. It cuts across every demographic, every economic, every socialization you could think of."

Police arrested two other men accused in overdose deaths, including Henderson Vargas, of Brooklyn, and Christopher Brokaw, of Stamford. They say Vargas was arrested in February for an incident that happened in October 2017. Police say Brokaw pleaded guilty last year for an overdose death also in the summer of 2017.

Police say this approach is built on collaboration with other stakeholders in the community to increase education and access to services and steer people in the right direction.

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