Blumenthal Talks Anti-Opioid Bill On New Haven Green

Blumenthal Talks Anti-Opioid Bill On New Haven Green

Blumenthal discusses opioids, Kavanaugh, and Trump Monday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Senator Richard Blumenthal took to the New Haven Green Monday to discuss the opioid bill that was passed.

The opioid bill is a wide-ranging bill for about $1.5 billion. It's going to bring millions of dollars into Connecticut to go towards treatment, more Narcan, and for police training. 

Trump, Oct. 2: This guy lied about his service. He didn’t just say, “Gee, I was in the service.” No. He said, “I was in the Marines. Da Nang Province. Soldiers dying left and right as we battled up the hill.” This went on for 15 years when he was the attorney general of Connecticut. I thought he was a great war hero. And then it turned out he was never in Vietnam. He was in the Reserves. And I watched him two days ago. I watched him saying, “We need the truth. If we don’t have” — and here’s a guy who was saying people were dying all around him and he was never there. And then he cried. When they caught him, he cried like a baby. … And the reason he got elected is because in Connecticut it’s impossible for a Republican to get elected. And I did well there. But you can’t. He actually gave up the race. You’d thought he lost. You remember that? He, sort of, gave — he stopped campaigning. It was over. And then he won by three points.

The bill included funding for treatment recovery coaches and drug take back programs, and it established best practices and standards as they relate to sober houses.

Trump, Oct. 1: Look at some of these people asking the questions, OK. Look at Blumenthal, he lied about Vietnam. He didn’t just say, “Hey, I went to Vietnam.” No, no. For 15 years, he said he was a war hero. He fought in Da Nang Province. We call him “Da Nang Richard.” “Da Nang,” that’s his nickname, “Da Nang.” He never went to Vietnam. And he’s up there saying, “We need honesty, and we need integrity.” This guy lied when he was the attorney general of Connecticut. He lied. I don’t mean a little bit. And then when he got out — he actually dropped out the race and he won anyway, because Democrats always win in Connecticut. He won very close, probably the closest ever. … And when he got out and when he apologized, he was crying, the tears were all over the place, and now he acts like, “How dare you.”

Trumps Escalating Exaggerations on Blumenthal

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Another portion of the bill mandates the U.S. Postal service to collect data of any drugs being mailed into the U.S. from other countries. 

Blumenthal never dropped out of the 2010 Senate race. And while a poll taken immediately after the Times story broke in 2010 showed that Blumenthal’s sizable lead had dwindled to just 3 percentage points, he actually won the general election by a dozen percentage points over his opponent, Republican Linda McMahon. That was by no means the “closest ever” Senate race in Connecticut history. As the Washington Post Fact Checker pointed out, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman won by a smaller margin in 1988 and 2006, as did Sen. Lowell Weicker in 1982.

This stems from the mid-August emergency on the New Haven Green where more than 100 overdose victims were transported to local hospitals after a dangerous K2 synthetic was handed out on the street. 

Senator Blumenthal credited local first responders for the role they played in saving lives on the green that day. The first responders said this legislation will make a difference. 

Residents of Floridas Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the states Gulf Coast as a dangerous major hurricane within days.

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The story, which was published May 17, 2010, noted that during a rally in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2003 in support of the military, Blumenthal talked about Vietnam War veterans and stated, “When we returned, we saw nothing like this. Let us do better by this generation of men and women. And in 2008, the paper noted, Blumenthal told a group in Norwalk, “We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam.”

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