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In recent years, heroin and prescription opioid abuse has plagued the nation. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans reported using heroin at least once. Further, a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 467 thousand Americans were addicted to the drug – approximately double the number of people from just 10 years earlier.

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May 5, 2015
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April 29, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: Examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse

Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction
Chairs: Senator Terrence Murphy, Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. and Senator Robert Ortt
Meeting: Examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse
Place: Room 100, St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Nursing Building, 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, New York
Time: 6:00 P.M.

May 6, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse

Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction
Chairs: Senator Terrence Murphy, Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. and Senator Robert Ortt
Meeting: Examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse
Place: Cafeteria, Mildred E. Strang Middle School, 2701 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, New York
Time: 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Contact: Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561
Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 30, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Murphy: Act quickly to get NARCAN to school nurses

VALHALLA, NY - Experts say tools are needed to win the war on opioid addiction. Healthcare professionals joined Senator Terrence P. Murphy today at the Valhalla Ambulance Corps to call for quick implementation of an important budget item secured by Murphy which supplies school nurses with one such tool, Naloxone, or NARCAN, and trains them in administering the heroin antidote. Senator Murphy called for the State Department of Health to expedite creation of the rules and regulations necessary to implement this historic program.

April 16, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: Examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse

Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction
Chairs: Senator Terrence Murphy, Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. and Senator Robert Ortt
Meeting: Examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse
Place: Niagara University, Castellani Art Museum, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York
Time: 4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Contact: Daniel Toomey (518) 455-2559
Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 7, 4:30 PM - 7:43 PM
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Heroin Task Force announces first round of forums

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Senate today announced the schedule for the first round of forums being held by the bipartisan Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The Task Force will meet in Yorktown, Rochester, Lewiston, Albany and additional communities to examine the issues created by increased heroin abuse that is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state. The Task Force is co-chaired by Senator Terrence Murphy, Senator Robert Ortt, chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health; and Senator George A. Amedore, Jr., chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

April 13, 2015
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Sobering news, N.Y. now America's heroin capital

ALBANY, NY - The Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York gave testimony this week that New York has become the nation's number one heroin trafficking hub. The co-chairs of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, State Senators Terrence Murphy, George Amedore and Robert Ortt, were alarmed by the news from prosecutor Bridgett Brennan.

March 16, 2015
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Pawling community forum searches for solutions to heroin addiction

PAWLING, NY – Just last week the City of Poughkeepsie police department confiscated 108 bags of heroin from a single apartment in yet another drug bust in the war on heroin raging in the region. Last night, community advocates and a hundred local residents joined a panel filled with local elected officials, law enforcement experts, and treatment professionals hosted by State Senator Terrence Murphy focused on providing additional solutions to the epidemic.

February 26, 2015
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