12:20pm–#cttraffic–#Norwalk Connecticut– A crash on I-95 southbound between a car and two tractor trailers near exit 17 has traffic backed through Westport.
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HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman today added their voices to the growing number of citizens across Connecticut urging lawmakers to adopt legislation joining the state to a national compact that would elect the President of the United States by a national popular vote.
The legislation is having a public hearing today in the General Assembly’s Government Elections and Administration Committee.
Governor Malloy said, “Last November, our country saw one of the largest disparities in the popular vote since its founding. If we as a nation want to increase voter turnout, we need to not only combat attempts at voter suppression and gerrymandering, but we must also sign onto this compact creating a coalition of states that will award all of their electoral votes to the candidate chosen by the people. Every American deserves to have their vote counted equally for the highest office in the country. A citizen’s vote from one state should not be worth more than that of another citizen who lives in a different state. An equal vote for every American citizen, regardless of which state they happen to live in, is the fairest and most democratic way to go.”
Lt. Governor Wyman said, “Residents must trust that they have a voice in choosing our elected leaders – it’s the foundation of our democracy. Young people going to the polls for the first time should come away inspired that they helped steer their nation and shape their future. Voting is a fundamental responsibility and one of the highest forms of civic engagement. Every vote should count.”
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9:22pm–#Bridgeport Connecticut– An intoxicated male was knocked out by another man who hit him with a baseball bat at the Citgo Station at 911 Reservoir Avenue. He hit him with the bat after he witnessed him assaulting a woman.
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HARTFORD, CT – Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that the State of Connecticut saw a dramatic increase in the amount of used prescription medications that residents dropped off at collection boxes during 2016, with the state collecting a total of 33,803 pounds worth of various medications throughout the year. That amounts to a 43 percent increase compared to the amount that residents dropped off in 2015, when 23,651 pounds of unused drugs were collected by the state.
“The increasing amount of unwanted medication that’s being collected at our drop-off boxes is a good sign that people in our state are taking the epidemic of prescription drug abuse seriously,” said Governor Malloy, who this year has introduced a legislative package of initiatives to further the state’s efforts with combating opioid addiction and overdoses. “We all know how common it is to have extra, unneeded prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet, and you may think that they present no harm. However, you never know who could gain access and potentially misuse them. Whenever medications are no longer needed for their intended purpose, it’s best to remove them from your home safely and securely, and these drop boxes are a good way to dispose of them. The misuse of prescription drugs is a nationwide problem impacting people of all ages and backgrounds, and we must do everything we can to tackle it.”
The state’s prescription drug drop box program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) in cooperation with state and local police departments and provides a convenient location for residents to safely discard unused medications from their homes in an effort to decrease the possibility of prescription drug misuse while also preventing the substances from contaminating water supplies. The drop boxes can be found in the lobbies of every State Police barrack in Connecticut, as well as at a growing number of local police departments. Unwanted medications can be dropped off any time that the departments are open – no questions asked – and they will safely be destroyed.
A list of every prescription drug drop box location in Connecticut can be found online by visitingwww.ct.gov/dropbox.
Since the program launched in 2012, the amount of unused prescription medications collected at the boxes has steadily increased each year. In 2012, 3,639 pounds were collected; in 2013, 8,149 pounds were collected; and in 2014, 15,930 pounds were collected.
“I want to thank all the residents who have already participated in the drop box program – you are ensuring that unused meds don’t end up in the wrong hands,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. “I encourage everyone to clean out medicine cabinets periodically – it’s a good way to be involved in the efforts to tamp down addiction and an important step in ending the opioid epidemic.”
“Addiction starts in different ways, and that means we need to fight the opioid epidemic with many different tools, including encouraging safe and regular drug disposal by Connecticut families,” said DCP Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris. “We’ve grown our program to include 75 drop boxes in the state that are accessible to families 24-hours-a-day and guarded securely in many of our State Police barracks and local police departments to protect from diversion. At DCP, we’re pleased to see the significant growth in drug disposal in 2016, but know we all can do more. Police departments who are looking to have a drop box in their community should contact our Drug Control Division, and we’ll be happy to work with them to get it done quickly.”
In December, Governor Malloy announced that Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals donated to the state approximately 80,000 drug deactivation kits that are capable of destroying unused prescription medications at home. The state has distributed the kits to nearly every pharmacy in Connecticut, where consumers can continue to obtain them, free-of-charge, while supplies last.
Families looking for alternative methods for safely disposing of unwanted medications at home can visit DCP’s website for a series of helpful instructions.
(Office of the Governor Press Release)
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