Issues: Controlled Substances

'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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In Final Days of Legislative Session, Senate Passes Kennedy-Sponsored Bill to Keep Powdered Caffeine Off Shelves; Bill to Curb Overdoses Now Awaits Assembly Approval

After At Least 18 Deaths Reported in Connection With Powdered Caffeine Overdoses, New York Cannot Wait for FDA to Take Action

One Teaspoon of Unregulated Powder May Contain Caffeine Equivalent of 25 Cups of Coffee

June 16, 2015
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Senate Continues Fight Against Heroin

ALBANY, 06/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. 

“As a member of the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, I have worked to combat this deadly drug, which is tearing lives, families, and communities apart,” said Senator Seward.  “Despite our progress last  year in addressing this epidemic, which has reached every segment of our population, the heroin crisis is far from over.” 

June 10, 2015
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Senate unanimously approves legislation co-sponsored by O'Mara to help local police, DAs track and prosecute meth-related crimes ~ O'Mara calls it key part of broad effort targeting meth labs

Albany, N.Y., June 10—The New York State Senate today unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to enhance the ability of local police and district attorneys to track and prosecute violations of restrictions on over-the-counter sales of cold medications that are key ingredients used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The legislation has bipartisan support in the Legislature. It’s sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) and is currently in the Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee.

June 10, 2015
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Griffo Joins Senate in Passing Legislation To Confront Rising Crisis In Heroin, Opioid Abuse

 

ALBANY -- State Senator Joseph Griffo joined the New York State Senate on Tuesday in passing a package of proposed legislation that would help prevent heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids.

June 10, 2015
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION GIVING PARENTS MORE OPTIONS TO GET SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR TEENS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored to strengthen parents’ ability to get their children substance abuse treatment. The legislation addresses a problem under current law in which parents are often forced to make the difficult choice to have their child arrested in order to keep them in treatment.

June 10, 2015
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Senate passes bills to combat heroin crisis and enhance treatment options for opioid abuse

The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids.

June 10, 2015
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Drug dealers would face homicide charges after overdose under Senate heroin package

ALBANY, NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy, co-chairman of the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, today announced passage of a package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. The measures are being put forth by the Task Force as part of its continuing examination of the issues created by increased heroin abuse that is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state.

June 10, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Combat Heroin Crisis and Enhance Treatment Options for Opioid Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. The measures are being put forth by the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, co-chaired by Senators Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda), George A. Amedore, Jr.

June 9, 2015
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Griffo Joins Patients, Families As They Rally For Emergency Access To Medical Marijuana

ALBANY – State Senator Joseph Griffo joined patients, family members and advocates as they stood with legislators from both sides of the aisle today in support of a bill that would direct the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible.

June 9, 2015
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Two Months After Kennedy’s Call, State Senate Passes Bill Banning Sale of Powdered Alcohol

New York State Takes Critical Step Towards Prohibiting Dangerous Product Targeted Towards Teens

Bill Outlawing Versatile Powdered Alcohol Now Ready for Consideration of Assembly 

BUFFALO, NY – Just two months after Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) joined local addiction specialists to push for a ban on the sale of powdered alcohol in New York State, the State Senate passed legislation Monday to do just that. (S.1757A) bans the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol, citing the potential for it to be used illegally by youth as well as a higher risk of overdose.

June 9, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Ban Sale of Powdered Alcohol

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S1757A), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), that would prohibit the sale of any powdered or crystalline alcohol product in the state. 

June 8, 2015
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