Issues: Controlled Substances

SENATOR ANDREW LANZA, ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE CUSICK & JCC DART HOSTING OPIATE OVERDOSE PREVENTION EVENT

Free Narcan Training Provided by Community Health Action of Staten Island 

December 3, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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The latest meth warning from the State Police: 'Meth danger along highways in NY'

From Gannett News, October 10, 2014: "Amateur chemists synthesizing methamphetamine are creating more than just the potent final product craved by addicts seeking their next frenzied high.

Along with the purified formulation of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that makes up the drug known as meth or speed, the manufacturing process involves noxious precursors and remnants that all too often get littered across roadways and open spaces across New York state, creating dangers and expenses borne by the public.

October 10, 2014
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA & ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE CUSICK HOSTING OPIATE OVERDOSE PREVENTION EVENT

Free Narcan Training Provided With Help From Community Health Action of Staten Island & YMCA Counseling Services 

October 8, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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September 30th 'Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention' in Yates County ~ Open to the public, find out more here

A "Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention" is scheduled for Tuesday, September 30, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Penn Yan Academy Auditorium.  

Tuesday's forum has been organized by the Yates County Substance Abuse Coalition and will feature several guest speakers including Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike.

The public is invited to attend.

Read and listen to more on Finger Lakes News Radio HERE.

September 29, 2014
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Victim of Heroin Addiction Asks Residents to Help Save Lives

Senator Carlucci joined Raymond Quinones of New City, who is recovering from heroin addiction, and the Rockland Paramedic Services to talk about the importance of the overdose antidote Narcan for victims of Heroin and Opioid abuse and conduct a demonstration on how the medication works. 

Within a span of six months, Raymond Quinones overdosed on heroin four times. Each time, he was revived by friends and paramedics by Narcan.

Now 90 days sober, Quinones is studying psychology in college and is teaming up with Senator Carlucci increase access to Narcan to help others.

September 25, 2014
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State begins 'Combat Heroin' campaign called for under new anti-heroin laws approved earlier this year

Elmira, N.Y., September 23—A new state law co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) earlier this year was set in motion yesterday with the announcement of a  new “Combat Heroin” campaign to help educate and inform the public about the dangers of heroin and prescription opioid use.

September 23, 2014
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Steuben County drug tip line leads to another meth lab bust ~ Read more

It's been a constant topic on these pages over the past several years: the resurgence of meth across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.  Meth's rise has been accompanied more recently by a resurgence of heroin abuse. 

We've stressed that it's going to take a multi-pronged approach to combat the spread of these drugs, one that includes tougher laws and law enforcement, prevention and treatment, and, equally important, heightened community awareness and education.

Earlier this week, for example, the Steuben County Drug Tip Line led to another meth lab bust.  Read more from:

September 19, 2014
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Anti-heroin awareness, training session set for September 24th in Corning

Corning, N.Y., September 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, today reminded area educators, law enforcement agencies, medical and other professionals, and concerned community residents that the Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State College will conduct an extensive, four-hour heroin awareness and training program in Corning on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

September 5, 2014
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CONTINUING OUR FIGHT AGAINST HEROIN

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 
 

If you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction, you know that their use of substances like heroin can be both frightening and heartbreaking. Here in New York State, the number of deaths from heroin overdose has doubled.  In the Central and Northern New York, the number of users seeking treatment for heroin and opioid abuse has increased 300 percent (over 400 percent in Oswego County) over 10 years.

August 18, 2014
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SENATOR LANZA ANNOUNCES FREE NALOXONE TRAINING SESSIONS ON STATEN ISLAND

Participants will learn how to administer overdose-reversing drug and receive a free rescue kit at OASAS Addiction Treatment Centers

August 8, 2014
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Free Naloxone Training Sessions To Be Offered

Twelve New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Addiction Treatment Centers (ATCs) in communities across the State will offer training sessions on opioid overdose prevention. Participants will learn how to recognize an overdose, what to do during an overdose, how to provide rescue breathing during an overdose and how to administer Naloxone. Upon completion of the training, participants will be certified to administer naloxone and will receive a free naloxone rescue kit. The training sessions, as a part of New York State’s efforts to help those struggling with opioid and heroin addiction, are free and open to the general public and first responders.

August 8, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS: NEW MEASURES TO COMBAT HEROIN EPIDEMIC SIGNED INTO LAW

   Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that legislation to combat the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Senator Martins was a sponsor of the legislation in the Senate.

  “Heroin and opioids are affecting every single community on Long Island.  Solving this crisis requires a comprehensive, aggressive approach.  Expanding treatment options, stregthening penalties for the drug dealers who are poisoning our communities, and expanding education for the children who are the number one target of this epidemic will help save lives.  I am pleased that we could work together in a bipartisan manner to protect our communities,” said Senator Martins.

July 11, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO TO SPONSOR FREE NARCAN TRAINING SEMINAR IN ELMONT FOR FAMILIES

     To help combat the growing epidemic on prescription drug abuse and heroin, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) and County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free Narcan training seminar for residents. The program will take place on Thursday, July 17th from 7 pm- 9 pm at the Elmont Fire Department (95 Lehrer Avenue, Elmont).

     The program will teach residents what to do in the event that someone overdoses on Oxycodone, Hyrdrocodone, and Heroin. Residents will learn how to administer a lifesaving antidote called Narcan, which is administered through a simple nasal spray, that can reverse the fatal effects of an Opioid overdose. Participants over the age of 18 will receive a free nasal Narcan kit at the event.

July 7, 2014
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Narcan Training Program- Elmont

     To help combat the growing epidemic on prescription drug abuse and heroin, Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) and County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free Narcan training seminar for residents. The program will take place on Thursday, July 17th from 7 pm- 9 pm at the Elmont Fire Department (95 Lehrer Avenue, Elmont).

     The program will teach residents what to do in the event that someone overdoses on Oxycodone, Hyrdrocodone, and Heroin. Residents will learn how to administer a lifesaving antidote called Narcan, which is administered through a simple nasal spray, that can reverse the fatal effects of an Opioid overdose. Participants over the age of 18 will receive a free nasal Narcan kit at the event.

July 17, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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O'Mara online poll: Will new anti-heroin laws help?

Elmira, N.Y., June 27—Now that New York State has enacted a comprehensive set of new anti-heroin laws, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) is giving residents of his 58th Senate District the chance to let him know if they think the new laws will help stop heroin’s spread. 

June 27, 2014
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Package To Address Statewide Heroin and Opioid Crisis

The New York State Senate passed a comprehensive package of bills to address the growing heroin and opioid crisis. The measures target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers at the 18 forums held by the Senate Majority Coalition’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.

June 26, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Griffo Applauds Governor For Signing Heroin Legislation

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction, today thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing a package of bills designed to combat heroin legislation.

June 23, 2014
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