Kevin Hunt: Heroin Overdose; Electricity Suppliers With Most Complaints


Narcan can be a life-saver.

Narcan can be a life-saver. (July 29, 2014)

Is it just me or is this a mix-and-match Bottom Line?

Overdose Prevention

A new state law grants immunity to people who administer naloxone, or Narcan, to anyone who has overdosed on heroin or other opioid like oxycodone. The heroin-reversal drug, approved in April by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, had been carried in Connecticut by paramedics but not by police and firefighters.

Now it's available to anyone. If you know someone at risk of an overdose, ask your doctor for a Narcan prescription. The drug, administered by nasal spray or injection, costs about $40. It's covered by several insurance plans, among them Medicaid and Husky C. It's not addictive and does no harm if administered to someone who has not taken opioids.

This Good Samaritan law protects people who possess Narcan and use it in good faith "for a person that they reasonably believe is overdosing."

Electricity Rate Shock

Until state regulators protect consumers from predatory marketing by electricity providers, this will continue to happen:

"I had switched to North American Power last fall when they called and offered a good rate for six months. I've switched companies several times, always after a phone call giving me a good rate. I wasn't sure when my six months were up, but when I got the May bill our rate had gone from 7.49 cents per kilowatt hour to 17.99 cents.

"The bill was $252 (an average bill in the winter is about $160). June's bill was $178. I'm sure they are not obligated to warn me the six months would be ending and my rate would increase. I immediately went to the state website comparing electric companies (www.energizect.com/compare-energy-suppliers) and switched to Viridian. I did write a letter to North American telling them what I thought of their business practices. All the money they helped me save last winter was gone in the one bill.

"I depend on saving money on lower electric bills during the summer so I can pay more in the winter when the furnace is running. Heating oil is another big bill for the winter, but that's another story."

Dorian Taylor, Suffield

Electricity Complaints:The Leader Board

The electricity suppliers with the most complaints this year filed by customers with the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority:

1.Discount Power (389)

2.North American Power & Gas (289)

3.Direct Energy Residential (146)

4.Public Power & Utility (136)

5.Starion Energy (129)

To file a complaint with PURA , call 1-800 382-4586 or download a form here.

Coupon Codes

The best times to find online coupon codes, other than holidays and special events like Cyber Monday and the Super Bowl, according to Dealnews.com:

>> The first day of each month: If a new offer lasts the entire month, it's usually not the store's best deal. Look for codes that last a week or less.

>> Early week: Just like the Sunday newspaper loaded with flyers, online retailers typically post coupons on Sunday that last through the following Saturday.

>> August and October: Dealnews data show the most active coupons at the end of these two months. Why? Late August mixes back-to-school with summer clearance offers. Late October marks the intersection of Halloween and early holiday shopping.

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