Issues: Controlled Substances

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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Anti-heroin legislation signed into law, O'Mara co-sponsors actions to 'try to save lives'

Albany, N.Y., June 23—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to enact a series of anti-heroin initiatives responding to the growing heroin crisis across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The bill signing took place at Binghamton University. The legislation was approved by both houses of the Legislature last week.  

June 23, 2014
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Senators Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins Celebrate Win for Compassionate Care

Albany, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) hailed the passage of the Compassionate Care Act on Friday. The legislation establishes the state’s first medical marijuana program and includes provisions to ensure that the drug is reserved only for patients with serious conditions to prevent abuse. The program will be effective in 18 months.

June 23, 2014
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Sanders Votes “Yes” for Medicinal Marijuana in New York State

Sanders Votes “Yes” for Medicinal Marijuana in New York State

On the final day of the legislative session, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) voted in favor of passing the bill (S7923) to legalize medicinal marijuana in New York State.

Before announcing his vote on the bill, Senator Sanders expressed his dismay at the onerous restrictions recently added to the legislation after an eleventh-hour accord between the bill’s sponsors, Senate Majority Co-leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Governor Andrew Cuomo was reached before today’s vote. Sanders remarked, “This is a very timid beginning, but perhaps it is a beginning.”

June 20, 2014
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democratic Conference Leader, Announces Senate Approval for New York State Medical Marijuana Program

Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, today announced passage of legislation to establish a medical marijuana program in New York State.

Prior to voting for the bill, Senator Stewart-Cousins said, “I hope that everyone who has taken the time, pushed this rock up the hill, understands that we could never have done it without you. Our hats off, much gratitude. Let’s get this done.”

The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered by the appropriate state agencies to ensure that the program cannot be abused.

June 20, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Remarks on Compassionate Care Act

On the last day of Session, Democratic Conference Leader explaining her support of the medical marijuana bill, also known as the Compassionate Care Act, telling a story of a long-time friend whose husband had to go to California to receive relief for his illness.. and how this shouldn't have had to happen.

June 20, 2014
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The Compassionate Care Act

On the last day of the 2014 session, I was honored to have the opportunity to speak on the floor of the Senate regarding my vote in favor of the Compassionate Care Act. I am proud to have been part of a bill that will bring relief to people suffering from serious illnesses.

June 20, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Supports Effort To Address Growing Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate to pass legislation to address issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction, and related crimes in New York.

June 20, 2014
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