By Nia Hamm | HARTFORD — The opioid epidemic is ravaging communities across the nation including many in Connecticut. However, some local health officials believe far more people may be suffering from opioid addiction than the state actually reports. This could mean the opioid crises is far worse than previously thought. “The only word I could describe what it’s like to lose a child is, it’s human torture,” said Ginger Katz. Katz lost her son, 20-year-old, Ian Eaccarino, to a drug overdose involving opioids more than two decades ago.