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State Rep. David Rutigliano Reminds Trumbull About ‘Drug Take-Back Day’

Posted on October 25, 2018 by jdooley


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On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Trumbull Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to the Middlebrook School on 220 Middlebrooks Avenue in Trumbull.

Medications must be in original containers, with names crossed out. Expired or unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, and vitamins/nutritional supplements will also be accepted.

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.
In 2017, Rep. Rutigliano authored a new law which allows for the proper disposal of unused prescription drugs at certain state pharmacies.

The legislation allows up to 50 retail locations during the first year and not more than an additional fifty retail locations in each year thereafter, at Connecticut licensed pharmacies to accept and dispose of unused prescription drugs.

Pharmacies all over the country have started to offer this service, since being allowed by the federal government in 2014. By starting to make this practice legal in Connecticut, we can add another tool in the toolbox for drug abuse prevention.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27, Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

State Rep. David Rutigliano Reminds Residents: Sales Tax Free Week Starts on 8/19

Posted on August 17, 2018 by jdooley


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As summer draws to a close and back-to-school shopping starts, I wanted to remind you that “Tax Free Week” is coming up, beginning Sunday, August 19 and ending Saturday, August 25.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100. Please note: This benefit has been substantially reduced from previous years.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use. Legislation enacted in 2015 reduced the exemption to clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. The “sales tax holiday” occurs the third Sunday in August through the following Saturday.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

For a complete listing of items that qualify as tax exempt and others that do not, please click here.

Feel free to consult with your local retailers and if you would like to review additional details about the event, you can consult the Department of Revenue Services webpage by clicking here.

Rep. Rutigliano: Heat Kills’ Signs goes up in Trumbull

Posted on August 6, 2018 by jdooley


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Brings Safety Awareness to Community

TRUMBULL – State Reps. David Rutigliano (R-123), Laura Devlin (R-134),  and Ben McGorty (R-122) along with Trumbull First Selectwoman Vicki Tesoro, the Trumbull Police Department and Trumbull Public Works Department, the Stop and Shop management team and members of Trumbull Animal Group (TAG) were present for the unveiling of the newest ‘Heat Kills – If you love ’em, don’t leave ’em’ awareness program sign installed at the entrance to the Stop and Shop Plaza off of Quality Road.

Last summer, the Trumbull State Representatives kicked this Public Safety Awareness Program to remind residents about the dangers of leaving children and animals in cars. The goal is recruit businesses throughout Trumbull put up signage and window stickers to spread the word about keeping children and animals safe.

Within the last week, Rep. Devlin has received word from the Westfield Mall in Trumbull that they will also display ‘Heat Kills’ signage in the mall parking lot.

Rep. Devlin said, “These ‘Heat Kills – If you love ’em, don’t leave ’em’ signs and stickers give people an easy way to call the Trumbull police if they see a child or pet in a hot car while they are out around town. I want to thank Stop and Shop for participating in this awareness program.”

‘This is great community program that will save lives. I ask anyone out there to use their good judgment and protect the welfare of your children and pets,” said Rep. Rutigliano.

First Selectwoman Vicki Tesoro said, “This is an important public service program for the Town of Trumbull sponsored by our State Representatives and I support any initiative that helps keep our children and pets safe.”

McGorty said, “I will continue to work with my colleagues to recruit businesses to put signs and stickers at their businesses as a public safety reminder.”

All three legislators said they supported a bill this legislative session which gives immunity to any ‘Good Samaritan’ who enters the car by force and protects the ‘Good Samaritan’ against any potential civil damages or criminal penalties when rendering aid.