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Drug Take Back Day – April 28th

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This Saturday April 28th is National Drug Take Back Day. The Take Back Day is part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative to safely dispose of unwanted medications. There are opportunities to dispose of your unwanted medications in East Hampton, East Haddam and Colchester.

10am – 2pm

East Hampton Town Hall

20 East High Street, East Hampton

10am – 2pm

East Haddam Police Department

1 Plains Road, Moodus

Drug Collection Box

Colchester Resident Trooper’s Office

127 Norwich Avenue, Colchester

Help prevent over-the-counter (cough medicine, pain relievers, etc.) and prescription drug abuse by dropping off any unwanted, expired, or unused medicines, vitamins, or nutritional supplements. All medications must be in original containers, with all names crossed out.

**The service is free and anonymous, no questions will be asked**

No needles or sharps will be accepted.

Examples of sharps include:

Needles – hollow needles used to inject drugs (medication) under the skin

Syringes – devices used to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body Lancets, also called “fingerstick” devices – instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing. Lancets are commonly used in the treatment of diabetes.

Auto Injectors, including epinephrine and insulin pens – syringes pre-filled with fluid medication designed to be self-injected into the body

Infusion sets – tubing systems with a needle used to deliver drugs to the body.

Connection needles/sets – needles that connect to a tube used to transfer fluids in and out of the body. This is generally used for patients on home hemodialysis.

Please take the time to share this information widely.

**WATCH** Rep. Ziobron Budget Update

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Rep. Ziobron and Republican Colleagues Propose State Budget

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HARTFORD – Republican lawmakers today announced that the Appropriations Committee will hold a vote on a state budget proposal offered by Republican legislators.

The Republican proposal fully balances the fiscal year 2019 budget and eliminates the projected $321.5 million deficit. It includes policies to address the state’s long term unfunded liabilities and put the state on a path toward stability and predictability. Instead of spending one-time revenue or relying on massive tax increases, it upholds the principles of the volatility cap agreed to in the bipartisan budget to stop the practice of relying on unpredictable revenue and making promises the state cannot afford. It fully funds the Special Transportation Fund, restores funding for the Medicare Savings Program, and eliminates many of the governor’s proposals to increase taxes and drastically reduce education funding and municipal aid.

“This proposal is a comprehensive starting point that focuses on creating a predictable and stable budget and I look forward to giving the Appropriations Committee an opportunity to vote on it today,” said State Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme), Co-Chair of the Appropriations Committee. “Our committee has an obligation to pass a balanced budget that upholds our commitments. We believe this proposal is something that meets many of the goals expressed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. I am hopeful that it can garner bipartisan support.”

“Instead of moving backward from what we accomplished last year, this plan upholds the principles agreed to in the bipartisan budget and preserves our commitment to not use volatile revenue to make new promises the state cannot afford,” said State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-East Haddam), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee. “This budget protects core services without trying to create new programs the state cannot sustain in the long term. It spells out savings lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agreed to in our bipartisan budget, which Governor Malloy has chosen to ignore. It restores funding for thousands of those on the Medicare Savings Program and fully funds the state’s Special Transportation Fund so that transportation projects can move forward immediately. It includes policies to address the state’s unfunded liabilities, stabilize retirement funds for teachers and state employees, and make our state employee benefits system more affordable over the long term.”

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