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News from State Senator Steve Cassano

March 16, 2016

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 2200
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Capitol: 860-240-5302
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

Fixing Our Roads

As the weather warms up, towns and cities will begin repaving roads and fixing potholes. While we all want smooth drives to work and school, the cost of paving programs can put a real dent in municipal budgets. This lack of funding can prevent towns and cities from filling that particularly pesky pothole or repaving your long overdue street.

In the state Senate, I was able to secure $60 million for Connecticut municipalities under the Town Aid Road program. This money will provide relief to town and cities budgets so their paving programs can go further. Locally that means $644,000 for Manchester, $460,000 for Glastonbury, $200,000 for Bolton and $190,000 for Andover.

While the bulk of this funding goes to road repaving, it can also be used for bridge maintenance, traffic signs and signals, and anything else that benefits public transportation.

Strengthening our transportation system is an important priority for me. I'm glad that towns and cities are getting more funding to meet these critical needs.

Help for Opioid Abuse

opiodsAs many of you know, the use and abuse of prescription painkillers ("opioids") in America has become a serious problem over the last several years; sometimes that abuse leads to addictions and overdoses. The number of opioid overdoses in Manchester, Glastonbury, Bolton and Andover grew from 14 in 2012 to 57 in 2015.

The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has announced a new, toll-free number connecting residents seeking treatment and services for an opioid addiction to local walk-in assessment centers.

Residents will now be able to call 1-800-563-4086, 24 hours a day, to connect them or a loved one to a walk-in assessment center in their area.

Callers will be directed to a walk-in assessment center in their area. In addition, callers will be followed up with a phone call by trained staff to determine if they were able to connect to necessary services and problem-solve any barriers they may have encountered.

National Poison Prevention Week is March 20-26

As you begin spring cleaning and work around the yard, the people at poisonprevention.org have a few simple tips to remember during National Poison Prevention Week that may help keep you and your family safe:

  • Keep poisons in the containers they came in. Do not use food containers (such as cups or bottles) to store household cleaners and other chemicals or products. These should be stored away from food.
  • Turn on fans and open windows when using chemicals or household cleaners, and never sniff containers to see what is inside.
  • When spraying chemicals, direct spray nozzle away from people and pets.
  • Even in small amounts, windshield wiper fluid is poisonous. If swallowed, it can cause blindness or death to people and pets. Use it carefully to avoid spraying it in someone's face.
  • Liquids made from petroleum--such as gasoline, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid, paint thinner, baby oil, lamp oil, and furniture polish--are poisonous. If these items are swallowed, they can easily get into the lungs. Even a small amount can cause breathing problems. The liquid coats the inside of the lungs and prevents oxygen from entering the blood stream.
  • Pesticides (pest killers) can be taken in through the skin or inhaled and can be extremely poisonous. Even leather shoes and gloves do not offer full protection. Stay away from areas that have been sprayed until the spray has dried or for at least one hour.
  • Wear protective clothing when using bug spray or other spray products. Put on a long-sleeve shirt, long pants, socks, shoes, and gloves. Remove and wash clothing after using chemicals.
  • If pesticides are splashed onto the skin, rinse with running water for 15 to 20 minutes. If pesticide contacts clothing, take off the clothing before rinsing skin.



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Senator Steve Cassano, Legislative Office Building, Room 2200, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
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