Plainville Legislators to Host Morning Coffee Hour

PlainvilleState Rep. William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22) and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) invite Plainville residents to join them for a morning Coffee Hour on Tuesday, June 27 at Bolo Café & Bakery (33 Whiting Street, Plainville).

The public is invited for coffee and conversation from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to meet with their legislators in a relaxed setting and hear the latest updates from the State Capitol, including the state budget and discuss the major issues that were debated during the 2017 legislative session, which adjourned on June 7.

All residents are encouraged to attend and discuss any legislative or local concerns. Coffee will be provided.

Those unable to attend the event but would like to speak with their legislator(s) may contact Petit at 800-842-1423 and Martin at 860-240-0022.


Look Before You Lock

With temperatures rising over 90 degrees this week, I wanted to take a moment to remind you about the dangers associated with leaving your child in a car.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is working with elected officials, safety groups and media influencers in a national effort to raise awareness regarding the importance of taking extra care to protect children from hot cars.

Last year, 39 children in the United States died from heatstroke due to being left unattended in a car. Children are more at risk for a number of reasons.

  • Their small bodies absorb heat more quickly – 3 to 5 times faster than adults.
  • Their perspiration doesn’t cool them as well as it does adults.
  • They can’t change their environment by removing clothing or getting out of the vehicle.

For more information, I encourage you to visit the Auto Alliance’s website by clicking here.  Their informational brochure can be found here.

Petit Fights for Prevention Measures Against Opioid Abuse

HARTFORD- State Rep. William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22) proudly stood with his colleagues in the House of Representatives in support of a bi-partisan effort to implement additional addiction prevention measures against opioid abuse in Connecticut.

Discussion by state lawmakers on the House floor centered on how the opioid addiction crisis had hit their home communities.

The legislation, HB 7052, An Act Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse, would help state agencies better prevent prescription opioid diversion and abuse through education and prevention. Rep. Petit a member of the legislature’s Public Health Committee, was part of the working group on this measure.

The bill contains various provisions on controlled substance abuse prevention, particularly as it relates to opioid drugs. It:

  • Generally requires prescriptions for controlled substances to be transmitted electronically to a pharmacy
  • Requires prescriptions for minors to be limited to a 5 day initial supply of opioid drugs
  • Allows certain registered nurses to destroy or dispose of their patient’s controlled substances
  • Creates a process by which patients may request to not be prescribed an opioid drug;
  • Requires practitioners, when prescribing opioids, to discuss with all patients, rather than only minors, the risks associated with opioid drug use

“The opioid crisis continues to affect our local communities here at home, across the state, and the nation. I was proud to serve as part of the working group on this legislation, which will provide resources to combat this growing epidemic,” said Rep. Petit, who also co-sponsored the bill.

Opioid overdoses on the rise, in 2015, 33,000 opioid deaths have occurred nationwide. In Connecticut alone, 800 deaths due to overdose have occurred since January 1, 2015 through August 2, 2016.

The bill received unanimously support in the House of Representatives and the State Senate. It is awaiting transmittal to the governor to be signed into law.