Issues: Controlled Substances

GOVERNOR SIGNS SEN. GRIFFO’S LEGISLATION TO BAN SALE OF POWDERED ALCOHOL IN NEW YORK STATE

UTICA – Legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo was signed into law today that would ban in New York State the sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol products, commercially known as “Palcohol”. 

Griffo, R-Rome, thanked the Governor for approving this legislation, which Griffo believes will help keep yet another potentially dangerous substance out of the hands of minors and other people who might abuse it. New York now joins several other states that have already passed similar legislation, including Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

August 14, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE, CONGRESSMAN GIBSON, AND COUNTY EXECUTIVE MATT OSSENFORT TO HOST COMMUNITY NARCAN TRAINING

Senator George Amedore, Congressman Chris Gibson, and Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort will partner with Catholic Charities Care Coordination Services to host a free community NARCAN training on Monday, August 24th at 6 p.m., at the Canajoharie High School, 136 Scholastic Way in Canajoharie.

 

August 11, 2015
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Murphy Announces $25k Grant For Drug Crisis in Our Backyard

MAHOPAC, NY - Steve and Susan Salomone have a story that parents across the Hudson Valley have come to relate to: their son Justin died of a heroin overdose in 2012. As a result of his death, the Salomones, along with the Christensen family of Somers, founded the advocacy group Drug Crisis in Our Backyard. At a press conference earlier today, State Senator Terrence Murphy, who serves as the co-chairman of the Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, announced a $25,000 state grant in an effort to expand the program's reach throughout the community.

July 31, 2015
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Yorktown sheds over 150 lbs. of prescription drugs at Murphy drop-off event

YORKTOWN, NY - Last week the Buffalo area suffered 10 opiate related overdoses in just 24 hours. Today, Senator Terrence Murphy, who serves as the co-chairman of the Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, hosted his second of five prescription drug drop off events as part of the effort to remove dangerous medications from residents' medicine cabinets.

July 23, 2015
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Ortt, Russell Family Question Low Bail for Accused Heroin Dealer

Victims' Parents: “Pay a fine of $20,000 and be back on the streets, killing again?”

 State Senator Rob Ortt (R, C, I – North Tonawanda) today joined a Lockport family in questioning the bail decision for a notorious accused heroin dealer. As reported by The Buffalo News on July 18 (“Police, prosecutors outraged at low bail for accused heroin dealer”), Buffalo City Court Judge Betty Calvo-Torres set a $20,000 bail for Dellsean Hamilton – a twice-arrested, accused heroin dealer, found in possession of 2,100 bags of opiates.

July 21, 2015
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Murphy to rep NY at national pain management conference

YORKTOWN, NY - The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan think tank comprised of legislators from across the country, has named Senator Terrence Murphy to a national panel dealing with heroin and opioid abuse at a seminar in New Orleans next week. Senator Murphy, who serves as co-chairman of the State's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, will represent New York State along with representatives from 12 other states.

July 17, 2015
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July 9, 2015
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Senate Heroin Task Force Co-Chairs Urge Assembly to Take Action Following Release of Staggering CDC Report

ALBANY, NY - In the wake of a study released earlier this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows a dramatic rise in heroin use and overdose deaths, the co-Chairs of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction are calling on the Assembly to join the Senate in passing a package of legislation that would help eradicate the heroin epidemic. From 2002-04, 379,000 Americans reported using heroin within a 12 month period. According to the study made public this week, that number has increased to 663,000 Americans, with overdose deaths nearly doubling.

July 9, 2015
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SENATE HEROIN TASK FORCE CO-CHAIRS CALL ON ASSEMBLY TO JOIN THEM IN FIGHT AGAINST HEROIN EPIDEMIC

In the wake of a study released earlier this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows a dramatic rise in heroin use and overdose deaths, the co-Chairs of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction are calling on the Assembly to join the Senate in passing a package of legislation that would help eradicate the heroin epidemic.

July 9, 2015
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Senate Heroin Task Force Co-Chairs Call on Assembly to Join Them in Fight Against Heroin Epidemic

In the wake of a study released earlier this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that shows a dramatic rise in heroin use and overdose deaths, the co-chairs of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction are calling on the Assembly Majority to join the Senate in passing a package of legislation that would help eradicate the heroin epidemic. From 2002-04, 379,000 Americans reported using heroin within a 12 month period. According to the study made public this week, that number has increased to 663,000 Americans in 2011-2013, with overdose deaths nearly doubling.

July 9, 2015
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More meth-related headlines coming out of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions today ~ O'Mara again calls for Assembly action on legislation approved by the Senate to combat proliferation of meth labs and other meth-related crimes (UPDATED, July 8)

More meth-related headlines coming out of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions involving law enforcement and first responders in Chemung County and Watkins Glen, as well as the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team.

Read breaking news from WENY-TV, "Suspected Meth Lab Bust in Watkins Glen"

July 7, 2015
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Senator Carlucci to Host Naloxone Trainings

Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester), in partnership with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and Communities that Care will be hosting two Naloxone trainings. The Rockland County training will be taking place on Monday, July 13th from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., at the New City Library, located at 220 N Main St, in New City, NY. The Westchester training is being held on Wednesday August 5th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Ossining Public Library, located at 53 Croton Avenue, in Ossining, NY.

July 7, 2015
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'Heroin issues examined at Ithaca forum' ~ Event draws a standing-room only crowd to hear about the heroin issue ~ Senator O'Mara praises grassroots efforts to raise public awareness, points to ongoing efforts of Senate Task Force on Heroin

below from the Ithaca Journal:

A standing-room-only crowd heard about the overwhelming issue of heroin in the Ithaca community during a presentation Monday evening at the Tompkins County Public Library.

"By far and wide, heroin is probably the worst drug on the street that we have here in Ithaca," Ithaca Police Investigator Kevin McKenna told the gathering.

July 1, 2015
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Somers sheds 150 pounds of prescription medications

SOMERS, NY - Scores of Somers residents responded to Senator Terrence P. Murphy's call to remove danger from their medicine cabinets when they came to his Shed The Meds event yesterday at the Somers Town House. In four hours, more than 150 pounds of prescription medications were collected and destined for safe disposal at a county facility. "Yesterday's event was a success due to our incredible partnership with the Town of Somers, the Somers Police Department and Somers Partners in Prevention," said Senator Murphy. "Our goal was to raise awareness of the dangers that are in our medicine cabinets and offer a safe place to dispose of them. Removing more than 150 pounds of prescription drugs clearly shows what a success this event was."

June 25, 2015
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Tamper resistant drugs to be made more available in New York State

ALBANY, NY - As the legislative session comes to a close, the State Senate approved a historic piece of legislation this week to ensure insurance companies cover the use of abuse-deterrent drugs in order to prevent opioid abuse, lawmakers say. Senator Terrence Murphy, co-chairman of the New York State Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, said "When it comes to winning the war on heroin and opioid abuse it is our responsibility to provide every tool possible to the people of New York. I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for having the foresight needed to embrace the new technologies that are being developed which will significantly mitigate the growing opioid addiction."

June 25, 2015
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June 25, 2015
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Sen. Griffo debates bill for emergency access to medical marijuana

Watch Senator Griffo debate his bill (S5086) on the floor of Senate that would expedite emergency access to medical marijuana. It was later passed by the Senate. 

June 23, 2015
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Sen. Griffo debates bill for emergency access to medical marijuana

Watch Senator Griffo debate his bill (S5086) on the floor of Senate that would expedite emergency access to medical marijuana. It was later passed by the Senate. 

June 23, 2015
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Statement: Senator Rob Ortt Sums up Session as it Comes to a Close

“I’ve seen the best and the worst of government throughout my first legislative session. There have been true victories for the people of New York. We prioritized Upstate through billion dollar investments in education, infrastructure, economic development programs, energy, and agriculture. We increased critical services to veterans returning from combat, children without adequate health care, women subjected to rape and domestic violence, victims of mental illness, and individuals and families affected by disabilities. Stricter measures against drug dealers and sex offenders will keep our families and communities safe.

June 18, 2015
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Ortt, Kearns Join Forces to Fight New York’s Synthetic Drug Crisis

Senator Ortt Passes Bill to Broaden Scope of Synthetic Drugs to be Considered Illegal      

“There’s no silver bullet when it comes to ending the growing trend of synthetic drugs that’s especially popular among young adults,” said Senator Ortt. “Drug dealers shouldn’t be able to change the chemical makeup of a controlled substance, sell it as a toxic synthetic drug, and escape the consequences currently on the books. I commend Assemblyman Kearns for leading this fight in the Assembly to help protect our communities and crack down on drug dealers.”

State legislator Mickey Kearns is sponsoring this bill in the Assembly.

June 17, 2015
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