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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Posted on October 24, 2018 by admin


On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public its 16th opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Held on the last Saturday of April and October of every year, this national event addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

The DEA is again calling on Americans to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medication and bring them to collection sites for proper disposal. This includes pet medication as well.

DEA Collection Sites closest to our area include:


33 Laurel St. – Branford, CT

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In April, Americans turned in 474.5 tons (over 949,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,600 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 9.9 million pounds — nearly 5,000 tons of pills, with Connecticut accounting for over 94,000 pounds.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Click here for more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Initiative.

As always, if you would like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Vincent.Candelora@housegop.ct.gov for more information.


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Area Legislators Announce Durham Coffee Hours

Posted on September 21, 2018 by admin


The public is invited to Coffee Hours with State Representatives Vincent Candelora and Noreen Kokoruda on Wednesday, October 3, at Dunkin Donuts, located at 38 Main St., in Durham from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

This meeting is an opportunity for residents to express any concerns they may have and to ask questions pertaining to state government.

This event is free and open to the public.

Rep. Candelora Speaks at UConn Innovation Partnership Building Ribbon Cutting

Posted on September 21, 2018 by admin


Deputy House Republican Leader State Representative Vincent Candelora, UConn President Susan Herbst, lawmakers and industry partners attended a ribbon cutting to dedicate UConn’s Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) at UConn Tech Park located at 159 Discovery Drive in Storrs.

The IPB is UConn’s premier center for state of the art equipment, cutting-edge research and cross disciplinary partnerships. This vibrant new facility houses academic/industry partnerships with diverse expertise ranging from manufacturing to biomedical devices to cybersecurity and more. The IPB’s unique resources foster research that drives the development of new and innovative ideas and technologies and that promotes the creation of new jobs and economic growth for the State of Connecticut.

“Today was an exciting day for UConn and the State of Connecticut,” said Rep. Candelora.  “UConn’s impressive Innovation Partnership Building houses 10 industrial research and development centers that cover a diverse base, ranging from advanced manufacturing to biomedical devices and cybersecurity. This new addition will just add to UConn’s already prestigious reputation and I look forward to learning about their continued success in the future as they work to address the emerging needs of industry.”

The ribbon cutting commenced at 11:00 a.m. and was followed by 12:30 p.m. by the 2nd UConn Tech Park Symposium, R&D Innovation Partnerships: Driving Connecticut’s Future.