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Public Safety Announcement Regarding Recent Overdoses

 

 

Police believe that the OD’s are related to a bad batch of K2, a form of synthetic marijuana that was likely laced with another substance. See below to learn more about K2, also known as spice. For more information on how to respond to an overdose, please visit our information on opioids page here! 

Friday, August 17, 2018
FREE summer meals for kids 18 & under available through August 10th

FREE summer meals are now available Monday-Friday for kids and teens 18 and under. The program has been extended to run through August 10th*, visit www.CTSummerMeals.org for more information. text CTmeals to 877877, or call 2-1-1 to find a summer meals site near you! 

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
CT DPH News: Worker Precautions during July Summer Heat Event

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      

Connecticut Department of Public Health

July 2, 2018                                                                                                       Contact: Maura Downes (860) 509-7270

 

DPH REMINDS WORKERS TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS

DURING JULY SUMMER HEAT EVENT

HARTFORD, CT – With temperatures anticipated to peak well into the 90s during the next several days, Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino is reminding individuals working outside or in non-air conditioned spaces to be cautious during periods of intense heat during the day.  Each year, over 50% of all heat-related emergency department visits occur in the month of July.

“Outdoor workers need to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses, with very warm temperatures expected the rest of this week.” said Commissioner Pino.  “The combination of a high heat index and poor air quality create a serious risk to workers outdoors and also indoors when air conditioning is not available.”

Workers should stay hydrated, take frequent breaks in cooler air-conditioned/shaded areas, and limit the time spent in direct sun.  In addition, employers are urged to move more physical tasks to the morning or evening, when the sun is less intense, temperatures are cooler, and air quality is better.  If a worker experiences heat stress, call for medical assistance immediately.

Although anyone can be affected by heat-stress, some workers are at a particularly high risk, such as:

  • Older workers (over 65 years of age) who may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature
  • Workers performing frequent high-exertion tasks (lifting, digging, walking) who may become dehydrated quickly and experience more intense heat stress
  • Workers who have underlying health conditions, especially heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, or who take certain medications that put them at risk

According to Commissioner Pino, if a worker feels ill working in the heat, they should notify a coworker and take immediate steps to:

Stay Cool

Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If you must work outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activity to the mornings and evenings.
  • Avoid working in direct sunlight and wear lightweight, light-colored, and moisture-wicking clothing.
  • Check on all workers, especially those workers most at risk often!

Stay Hydrated

Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.

  • Drink more water than usual; do not wait until you are thirsty to drink more liquids.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • Drink about four cups of water every hour while working outside.
  • Remind other workers to drink enough water.

For more information about steps that employers and workers can take to reduce the risk of heat-related illness, contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Unit at (860) 509-7740 or email us at dph.occhealth@ct.gov.

 

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Monday, July 2, 2018
Adoption of the FDA Food Code Update

Click here to download this update as a PDF

 Click here to download the original announcement on the new FDA Food Code from September 2017 

Friday, June 15, 2018
Disposal of Unused Medications

Medications in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisonings. When they are flushed down the toilet or discarded in the trash, they can cause water pollution and affect the environment. Prescription drug abuse rates are high across the country, with over 1/2 of teens who abuse drugs getting them from a family member or friend's home. Clean out your cabinet and properly dispose of all unused medications (prescription and over-the-counter.)

You can take unused medications to a Medication Drop Box located in your police departments lobby. 

Local Drug Drop Boxes: No questions asked, just drop them off! 

  • Ansonia Police Department 2 Elm Street, Ansonia CT
    • Open 24/7
  • Bethany, CSP Troop 1, 631 Amity Road, Bethany CT
    • Located in the lobby of the front entrance, next to vending machine , Open 24/7
  • Hamden Police Department 2900 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden CT
    • Located in the Police Station Lobby on the left-hand side, Open 24/7
  • North Haven Police Deparment 18 Church Street, North Haven CT
    • Located to the immediate left of the front doors, Open 24/7
  • Woodbridge Police Department 4 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge CT
    • Located in the Police Station Lobby, Open 24/7
Note: Drop Boxes do NOT accept: Thermometers, hypodermic needled and sharps, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, non-prescription ointments and lotions, aerosol cans, inhalers or medications from clinics or businesses. 


Watch this video to learn more about proper disposal of medications. 

Click here to learn more about disposing of medications, needles and other sharps. 

 

 

Sunday, July 30, 2017