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News from State Senator Cathy Osten

June 2, 2016

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 2100
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Capitol: 860-240-0579
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

Celebrating Norwich's History

The Norwich Heritage and Regional Visitors Center opened for the season on May 25, and to mark the day the Historical Society held a ceremony to launch two new walking trails that will benefit residents and visitors to the area.

Through a combination of state, local and other funding, the Uncas Leap and Benedict Arnold Trails have been added to the Walk Norwich system, and include several ways for participants to gain insight into the historic past of the area during self-guided tours.

I encourage people to visit walknorwich.org and plan their own exploration of Norwich's past, which has deep roots in Native American, Civil War and abolitionist history. This is truly a gem in our community that residents and visitors alike can enjoy.

More than 75 Veterans Honored at Wartime Service Medal Ceremony

VIDEO: Veterans Medals
It was truly an honor to stand with my colleague Sen. Maynard to award the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal to more than 75 Eastern Connecticut residents during a ceremony at the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton last week.

I think it's time that all veterans in the State of Connecticut are recognized for the moments of time that they gave to this country and to this state--and we need to give credit to those who gave, in many cases, the best years of their lives in service to our country.

Because of my own service in the Army during the Vietnam Era, I have seen that the freedoms we have in the United States do not exist everywhere--they are here because of the men and women who gave a moment in their lives, and a moment in their families' lives, to serve this country and retain our freedoms. I am so thankful to the veterans and their families who attended the ceremony and received their well-deserved medal for their wartime service.

Veterans can access photos of the event by clicking this link: https://flic.kr/s/aHskwr9She

Any veteran who believes they may be eligible for the medal may contact me at 860-240-8600.

A New Commitment to Ending Opioid Abuse

opoioidJust 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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Senator Cathy Osten, Legislative Office Building, Room 2100, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
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