Issues: Controlled Substances

O'Mara legislation seeks to bolster local Medicaid fraud investigations ~ also see today's news, 'Schuyler County fights benefit fraud, saves $1M'

Albany, N.Y., February 27 —State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he is co-sponsoring legislation to restore the incentive for local governments to combat abuse, fraud and waste in New York’s $60-billion-plus system of Medicaid.  

February 27, 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 25, 2015
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O'Mara's legislation targets meth labs

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) is continuing to urge the Legislature to crack down on clandestine methamphetamine labs locally and across the state, and has reintroduced legislation to significantly increase the criminal penalties for manufacturing meth. 

The Senate has approved O’Mara’s proposal for the past few years, including last year when it was approved with strong bipartisan support by a vote of  55 to 4.    

February 25, 2015
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Senator Robert Ortt appointed co-chair of Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

State Senator Robert Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) has been appointed as one of three legislators to lead the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Senators Terrence Murphy (R,C,I,Green-Yorktown) and George Amedore, Jr. (R,C,I-Rotterdam) will also co-chair the task force.

Created in 2014, the Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction examines the rise in heroin use and other opioids in New York State and helps to develop ways to treat and prevent addiction.

February 6, 2015
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Recent anti-heroin forum in Dundee drew more than 100 residents ~ See an update on New York State's 'Combat Heroin' public awareness campaign

On January 28th in Dundee, more than 100 residents attended a community forum on the heroin crisis.

Read more about this forum on the observer-review.com, "Heroin forum: 'Cheap, addicting and deadly'"  

February 6, 2015
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Murphy & Serino praise agreement to cut and cap the price of lifesaving heroin overdose antidote, NARCAN

JEFFERSON VALLEY, NY - State Senators Terrence P. Murphy and Sue Serino today congratulated Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman upon reaching an agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to cut and cap the price of naloxone, or NARCAN, a highly effective antidote that can quickly reverse an opioid overdose. The contract stipulates that Amphastar will offer a $6 rebate per dose, which will also automatically increase, dollar-for-dollar, to match any future growth in the wholesale price, according to Schneiderman.

February 5, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE APPOINTED AS CO-CHAIRMAN OF JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

Senator George Amedore was appointed as Co-Chairman of the New York State Senate’s  bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Senator Amedore will Co-Chair the Task Force along with Senators Terrence Murphy (Yorktown) and Robert Ortt (North Tonawanda). 

February 5, 2015
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Murphy appointed as Co-Chair to lead Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

ALBANY, NY - New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced the appointment of three new Co-Chairs to lead the Senate's bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Senators Terrence Murphy, George A. Amedore, Jr. and Robert Ortt will continue to examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse. The Task Force will hold forums, meet with experts, and evaluate what state measures may be needed to further reduce drug abuse in New York.

February 5, 2015
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Senator Skelos Appoints Three New Co-Chairs to Lead Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced the appointment of three new Co-Chairs to lead the Senate’s bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Senators Terrence Murphy (R-C-I-Green-SCC, Yorktown), George A. Amedore, Jr. (R-C-I, Rotterdam), and Robert Ortt (R, North Tonawanda) will continue to examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse.

February 5, 2015
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Experts discuss Murphy plan to combat heroin crisis

VALHALLA, NY - As the epidemic of heroin and opiate abuse rages throughout the region, Senator Terrence P. Murphy brought together experts this week to evaluate his seven point plan to combat the scourge of heroin addiction. The event included local elected officials as well as experts from the fields of law enforcement, addiction, treatment and education and was held at Mount Pleasant Town Hall.

"We need to make it easier for someone seeking help to get into rehab," Murphy said. "We must make our penalties for traffickers much stricter and it's time to better fund drug prevention programs in schools by once and for all eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment with which continues to burden our most needy school districts for years."

January 31, 2015
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SENATOR GEORGE AMEDORE ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Senator George Amedore today announced he has been selected to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

"It's an honor to be selected to serve as Chairman of the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee," said Senator Amedore. "I have always believed that one of the primary responsibilities of elected officials is to provide assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community, including those battling substance abuse and addiction."

Senator Amedore will also serve on the Senate Committees on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, Banks, Consumer Protection, and Elections.

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January 24, 2015
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January 5, 2015
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES SECOND PHASE OF COMBAT HEROIN CAMPAIGN

Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced the next phase of New York’s “Combat Heroin” Campaign.

December 23, 2014
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Seantor Krueger's Forum on Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act in the News

On December 17th, Sen. Krueger held a today held a public forum in New York on their Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA; S. 6005 / A. 8341) and the need for marijuana law reform in New York State. The forum featured testimony from advocates, policy experts, and government officials representing community, law enforcement, health, economic and budgetary perspectives.

December 18, 2014
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Senator Liz Krueger Holds First NYC Forum on Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act

On Wednesday, December 17th, New York State Senator Liz Krueger held a public forum in New York on their Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA; S. 6005 / A. 8341) and the need for marijuana law reform in New York State. The forum was held in the Senate Hearing Room at 250 Broadway in lower Manhattan, mere steps from New York City Hall and NYPD’s headquarters at 1 Police Plaza. The hearing featured testimony from advocates, policy experts, and government officials representing community, law enforcement, health, economic and budgetary perspectives.

December 18, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Krueger, Assemblymember Peoples-Stokes to Hold First NYC Public Forum on NYS Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act

Wednesday December 17 at 11:00 a.m., New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and New York State Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) will hold a public forum on their Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA; S. 6005 / A. 8341 of 2013-2014) and the need for marijuana law reform in New York State. The forum will be held in the Senate Hearing Room at 250 Broadway in Manhattan (19th Floor).

December 17, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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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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