Issues: Prescribed drugs or Prescriptions

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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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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Serino and Murphy Announce Major Win Against Heroin Scourge

MURPHY & SERINO PRAISE AGREEMENT

TO CUT AND CAP THE PRICE OF LIFE-SAVING

HEROIN OVERDOSE ANTIDOTE, NARCAN

February 5, 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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Senators seek one-year delay of New York's electronic prescribing mandate

By James T. Mulder on January 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Syracuse, N.Y. -- The March 27 deadline when nearly all drug prescriptions in New York state must be issued electronically would be delayed one year under proposed legislation co-sponsored by Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida.

The electronic prescribing mandate is required by the state's I-STOP law enacted in 2012 to address the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse and addiction in New York. E-prescribing is expected to eliminate the problem of forged, traded or stolen prescriptions.

The e-prescribing mandate applies to all prescriptions, even non narcotic drugs. The new rule covers all prescribers except veterinarians.

January 28, 2015
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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 Carlucci Thanks Rockland Parent for Help Saving Lives of Victims of the Heroin/Opioid Epidemic

Senator Carlucci presented Rockland resident Michael Zall, a parent who lost his son to opioid addiction, with the pen certificate of the legislation he helped get signed into law this past June this morning.  The new law will create a relapse prevention program that will be available to individuals for up to nine months after the completion of a treatment program. 

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) said, “This legislation is in direct response to the parents that we heard from that unfortunately lost their children to heroin and opioid addiction. Creating a relapse prevention program treats addiction as a disease which goes after the real problem.”

September 30, 2014
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Griffo To Host E-Cycling + Document Shred + Shed The Meds Event Saturday in Rome

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo is sponsoring a free drop-off Saturday for local residents to properly dispose of their electronics, confidential documents and unused and expired medication.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westgate Shopping Plaza, 1148 Erie Boulevard West. The senator is partnering with Time Warner Cable, Confidata, Sunnking and the Rome Police Department for the event.

“This is a perfect opportunity to get rid of junk that is taking up unnecessary space in your house,” said Griffo. “The services we offer are free and there are no questions asked.”

September 30, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS HELPS RESIDENTS “SHED THE MEDS”

Over 200 Pounds of Expired and Unwanted Medications Collected for Safe Disposal

     Over 100 residents safely disposed of approximately 200 hundred pounds of expired and unused medications at New Hyde Park Memorial High School through a “Shed the Meds” program sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Rich Nicolello.

August 12, 2014
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RITCHIE OBTAINS $50,000 TO FIGHT HEROIN IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Funds Will Assist St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has obtained $50,000 to help the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force expand its efforts in the fight against the heroin epidemic sweeping the North Country.

“Earlier this year, I held a forum on the heroin and opioid crisis facing small towns across Northern New York and local law enforcement leaders told me they needed more resources to crack down on major dealers,” Senator Ritchie said. “This additional funding will help our law enforcement community focus on the criminal element responsible for bringing so much misery to so many families.”

“The St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force is very grateful to Senator Ritchie for obtaining funds that will allow us to expand our investigations into the sources of the heroin and other narcotics being sold in our communities,” said St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells. “When we told Senator Ritchie we needed more resources, she promised to go to Albany to get us the help we needed to take back our neighborhoods.”

August 11, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO, & LEGISLATOR NICOLELLO INVITE RESIDENTS TO “SHED THE MEDS” ON AUGUST 9TH

Residents can Safely Dispose of Expired or Unwanted Medications

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola), Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, and Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello are sponsoring a “Shed the Meds” program in New Hyde Park to help residents safely dispose of unused or expired medications.

     The “Shed the Meds” program will be held on Saturday, August 9th from 9 am to 12 pm at New Hyde Park Memorial High School (Parking lot on Evergreen Avenue, across from Tully Park).

August 1, 2014
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Shed the Meds- New Hyde Park

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) and Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano are sponsoring a “Shed the Meds” program in New Hyde Park to help residents safely dispose of unused or expired medications.

The “Shed the Meds” program will be held on Saturday, August 9th from 9 am to 12 pm at New Hyde Park Memorial High School (Parking lot on Evergreen Avenue, across from Tully Park).

Participating in the programs is easy; residents will be able to drive up, drop off their old or unused medications, and drive away. All collected medication will be safely disposed of by officers from the Nassau County Police Department who will be supervising the programs.

August 9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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MORE THAN 150 POUNDS OF PILLS DISPOSED OF AT RITCHIE “SHED THE MEDS” EVENT

Thousands of individual pills totaling more than 150 pounds were disposed of at State Senator Ritchie’s “Shed the Meds” event, held Tuesday in Ogdensburg.

Hosted in conjunction with the Ogdensburg Police Department and the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, the event provided residents with a safe, responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medicines, which can pose a danger to children and pets. In addition, improper disposal can also pollute lakes and streams.  Among the pills disposed of were painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times the gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin. 

“The thousands of prescription pills disposed of at my “Shed the Meds” event will go a long way towards our goals of preventing drug abuse, keeping our drinking water clean and stopping pills from getting in the hands of children or being consumed by pets,” said Senator Ritchie.

July 23, 2014
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RITCHIE INVITES ST. LAWRENCE RESIDENTS TO ‘SHED THE MEDS’

Teams with County Sheriff, Ogdensburg PD to Host Free Prescription Drug Disposal Event July 22nd 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting residents of St. Lawrence County to clean out their medicine cabinets and drawers and bring their unused, unwanted and expired prescription medicines to a special event for free, safe disposal.

Senator Ritchie is teaming with St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells and the Ogdensburg Police Department to sponsor the free event next Tuesday, July 22, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Ogdensburg Fire Station, 718 Ford Street.

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“Nearly everyone has leftover, unwanted or expired prescription drugs lying somewhere around the house,” Senator Ritchie said. “But these pills can pose a danger to children and pets, they can find their way into the hands of pill abusers, and improper disposal threatens our water, lakes and streams. Events like this allow people to get rid of unneeded medicine in a safe and responsible way.”

“Pill abuse has been directly linked to the growing problem of heroin usage across the US, and there have been a number of stories nationally involving abusers who break into homes, especially those belonging to seniors, in search of unused drugs,” said Sheriff Wells. “Properly disposing of drugs you no longer need or want helps keep these pills from getting into the wrong hands."

July 16, 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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