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Rep. Staneski Reminds Residents: Oct. 27th is Drug Take Back Day

Posted on October 25, 2018 by jdooley


On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Milford and Orange Police Departments 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 Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive in Milford and CVS on 279 Boston Post Road in Orange.

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. Staneski supported a bill which would allow 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 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or call the Milford PD at (203) 783-3200 or Orange Police Departments at (203) 891-2130.


Rep. Pam Staneski Marks October as Manufacturing Month

Posted on October 15, 2018 by jdooley


MILFORD- To mark October as Manufacturing Month, State Rep. Pam Staneski visited, spoke with and toured Bead Industries with Bead officials as well as students from Emmett O’ Brien Tech High School in Ansonia as they were able to observe the shop floor and ask questions about precision skilled manufacturing.

The ‘Connecticut Dream It. Do It.’ campaign is a statewide initiative to help promote manufacturing, educate Connecticut residents about the rewarding career pathways in manufacturing, and help our state’s manufacturers recruit the skilled workers they need to succeed in a global market. 

“I look forward to this visit every year. I have a passion for our manufacturing workforce and as a legislator, I have advocated for greater job-training opportunities for our young adults and assisting our small manufacturing companies, like Bead Industries recruit a talented future workforce. When companies like Bead succeed, we all succeed,” said Rep. Staneski. 

Bead Industries is comprised of two divisions: Bead Chain and Bead Electronics, and a wholly owned subsidiary, McGuire Mfg. Company. Founded in 1914, Bead Industries developed and manufactured Bead Chain® for electric light pulls. Using the same innovative metalworking process, it fabricated products for the electronics market in the mid-1920s. McGuire, one of Bead’s loyal customers, which was acquired in 1972, is based in Cheshire, CT, and is a distributor of high quality, commercial plumbing supplies.  

Staneski to be Honored by CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Posted on October 4, 2018 by jdooley


MILFORD- State Rep. Pam Staneski (Milford & Orange) has been named a member of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (CCADV) 2018 Class of First 100 Plus.

Earlier this year, State Rep. Pam Staneski (R-119) took part in a press conference with CCADV President & CEO Karen Jarmoc and Dr. William Petit (R-22) highlighting the proposed changes to the Dual Arrest laws in Connecticut.

 Rep. Staneski was selected for recognition due to her leadership and work in making a positive difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors in Connecticut. Pam worked with local domestic violence organizations to create statewide system change to the dual arrest law in Connecticut in 2018.

Staneski, co-sponsored bi-partisan legislation that changes Connecticut’s existing intimate partner violence dual arrest law to add a ‘dominant aggressive’ provision. Current statistics show that CT has a 20% dual arrest (aggressor and victim arrested) rate.

 “Our job as legislators is to protect our residents and to fix laws that have unintended consequences—victims of domestic violence should never be treated and arrested like their abusers,” said Rep. Staneski. “I want to thank CCADV for this honor and for their strong advocacy for victims.”

 A dual arrest occurs when both parties are arrested for a family violence offense after police intervention and investigation. Connecticut’s dual arrest rate is double national rates. Victims of domestic violence have experienced first-hand the unintended consequences of dual arrest when they make the call to have police intervene—small children who just witnessed a parent being abused are traumatized when both parents are carted away in police cars, public reporting of the arrest result in ‘quiet’ gossip among neighbors, and many feeling victimized all over again.

 The CCADV this year is celebrating their 40th anniversary and Year of the Woman! The Class of 2018 is comprised entirely of women leading the domestic violence movement and working to improve the lives of survivors.

 The 8th Annual First 100 Plus Breakfast & Awards Ceremony will be on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.