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September 21, 2018

Senate Advances Major Opioid Bill

by Peter Urban | Sep 21, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Public Health

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WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Senate this week approved a sweeping bipartisan package of legislation to address the nation’s opioid epidemic that includes additional resources for treatment programs while also focusing on preventing illicit drugs from entering the country.

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Senate Agrees to $855 Billion Spending Bill for FY19

by Peter Urban | Sep 21, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Federal Budget | Labor | Military Spending | Public Health

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WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Senate agreed this week to combining two of the biggest annual spending bills for the next fiscal year — providing $855 billion for the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor and Education starting Oct. 1.

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September 20, 2018

Kennedy Assists Lamont With Opioid Epidemic

by Christine Stuart | Sep 20, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Health Care | Insurance | Housing | Public Health | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont was joined on the campaign trail Wednesday by Patrick Kennedy, the former Rhode Island Congressman and CEO of the behavioral health nonprofit Kennedy Forum.

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September 18, 2018

Health Workers In Connecticut Prisons Call Attention To ‘Dangerously’ Low Staffing Levels

by Christine Stuart | Sep 18, 2018 3:05pm
Posted to: Health Care | Jobs | Labor | Public Health | Public Safety

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HARTFORD, CT — Nurses, social workers, and other medical staff in Connecticut’s Department of Corrections huddled under a tent in the pouring rain Tuesday to bring attention to what they say are unsafe staffing levels.

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September 14, 2018

Report: Drug Overdose Deaths Hold Steady, But Fentanyl Use Is On The Rise

by Jack Kramer | Sep 14, 2018 11:00am
Posted to: Congress | Federal Budget | Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Health

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HARTFORD, CT — The number of accidental drug overdose deaths in Connecticut is expected to exceed 1,000 by the end of the year, but a new report shows it seems to be leveling off instead of growing.

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September 7, 2018

OP-ED | Schools Need Support and Compassion, Not DeVos’ Guns

by Barth Keck | Sep 7, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Congress | Education | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety | Burlington | Newtown | West Hartford | Windsor

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U.S Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos decided late this summer to allow schools to use taxpayer dollars to buy guns for teachers. Senator Chris Murphy responded with an amendment to the 2019 appropriations bill to halt DeVos’ idea.

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August 30, 2018

Blumenthal Seeks Action on EpiPen Shortage

by Peter Urban | Aug 30, 2018 8:24pm
Posted to: DC News Junkie | Health Care | Public Health

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal this week called for new steps to be taken to relieve what he describes as a persistent and serious shortage of EpiPen auto-injectors that can provide lifesaving treatment to severe allergy sufferers.

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August 12, 2018

Parkland Students Meet Newtown Students

by Christine Stuart | Aug 12, 2018 6:23pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Election 2018 | Public Health | Public Safety | Newtown

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NEWTOWN, CT — It was the last stop on the March for Our Lives tour and it was a chance for the Newtown students to meet the Parkland students and talk about the movement that united them.

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August 9, 2018

Roe v. Wade Reversal Unlikely To Impact Connecticut

by Jack Kramer | Aug 9, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Equality | Federal Budget | Health Care | Public Health

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HARTFORD, CT — Reproductive rights in Connecticut are not in as much danger as they are in other states experts told a group of legislators Wednesday during a roundtable discussion.

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August 8, 2018

Mattei Seeks To Smoke Out Tong

by Thomas Breen | Aug 8, 2018 9:25am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Election 2018 | Legal | Public Health | Public Safety | New Haven

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A passionate debate for the support of the Democratic Party base got into the weeds Tuesday night — or, more specifically, into weed.

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