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News from State Senator Terry Gerratana
     

June 1, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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A New Commitment to Ending Opioid Abuse

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Just last week, Governor Malloy signed into law a bill that I voted for that will make huge strides in combatting the scourge of opioid abuse (often beginning with prescription painkiller abuse) that has led to so many deaths in Connecticut in recent years.

The new law requires first responders to carry overdose-reversing drugs, limits initial opioid prescriptions to seven-day supplies in most cases involving acute pain, makes changes to a prescription monitoring program aimed at helping prescribers identify patients who could be misusing drugs, and charges the state's Alcohol and Drug Policy Council with developing a plan to reduce the number of opioid-induced deaths in the state.

On average, two people die of a drug overdose every day in Connecticut--more than those who die in car accidents or from gunshots. There were about 2,000 drug overdose deaths in Connecticut between 2012 and 2015, and the 723 overdose deaths last year were more than twice the number three years ago.

It is my belief that this new law--supported on a unanimous and bipartisan basis--will begin to curb the plague of opioid-related deaths in our great state.

A Manufacturing Comeback

manufactIt was reported last week that manufacturing in Connecticut is on the rebound, and the state is making valuable investments in community college school-to-work programs that are benefiting both employees and employers.

State officials and executives from Electric Boat and Sikorsky Aircraft touted Connecticut's advanced manufacturing programs at Asnuntuck, Housatonic, Manchester, Middlesex, Naugatuck Valley, Quinebaug Valley and Three Rivers community colleges.

Manufacturing employs about 160,000 people in Connecticut and has been up in each of the last three months over the same period in 2015, according to the state Department of Labor--and those jobs pay an average annual salary ranging between $38,000 and $74,000.

More than 4,600 companies in Connecticut are looking for qualified workers, and about 98 percent of the 500 students who graduate from one of Connecticut's advanced manufacturing centers in our public technical school system will get a job.

I'm happy to see our investments in school-to-work programs paying off for both state residents and our blossoming manufacturing sector!
 

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