Happy Earth Day!
I proudly joined volunteers during Farmington's Earth Day clean-up this past Saturday. Despite the weather, we picked up 155 pounds of trash along the Farmington River. I’m planning to join in a clean-up effort at Fulton Park in Waterbury this Sunday. Remember, every day is Earth Day!
My Bill to Clean-up Old Industrial Sites
I hear over and over again from local leaders and business owners that one of the best ways we can revitalize our cities and towns is to clean up brownfields. The redevelopment of brownfields, typically old industrial sites, pose serious environmental concerns and costs. Properly done, brownfield remediation projects will turn eyesores into job-creating assets that contribute to economic growth in our communities. I’m doing what I can to be a strong partner in these efforts, which is why I introduced the bipartisan Brownfields Redevelopment Tax Incentive Reauthorization Act with Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY). My bill will encourage private sector investment to clean-up these sites. Check out this Danbury News-Time article on my bill.
I hosted a conversation in Waterbury with Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, Torrington Mayor Elinor Carbone, local law enforcement, and public health professionals on the concerning rise of heroin abuse in our communities. Last year, 257 Connecticut residents died from heroin overdose. We discussed ways to address the underlying issues of substance abuse, including how to address the fact that prescription pain killers are often a gateway to heroin. I’m also working with the Food and Drug Administration to allow an important drug called Narcan, which reverses overdoses, to be sold over-the-counter and working with state and local officials to make sure that all first responders have access to this life-saving medication. Seconds matter when saving lives. Check out the Torrington Register-Citizen article on the conversation.
If your friend or loved one is struggling with a heroin or other drug addiction, please visit the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services or call 860-418-7000 for helpful information.
Additionally, prescription drugs left unattended or forgotten in family medicine cabinets can be abused. Unfortunately, experts now say that formerly common methods for disposing these unused medicines—such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose safety and health hazards. While last weekend was National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, families can take unused or unwanted prescription drugs to police stations any time.
To find out more about my work in Congress, check out my official Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out by email or at 860-223-8412. I look forward to hearing from you.
Member of Congress