Issues: Prescribed drugs or Prescriptions

April 29, 2015
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Murphy: Act quickly to get NARCAN to school nurses

VALHALLA, NY - Experts say tools are needed to win the war on opioid addiction. Healthcare professionals joined Senator Terrence P. Murphy today at the Valhalla Ambulance Corps to call for quick implementation of an important budget item secured by Murphy which supplies school nurses with one such tool, Naloxone, or NARCAN, and trains them in administering the heroin antidote. Senator Murphy called for the State Department of Health to expedite creation of the rules and regulations necessary to implement this historic program.

April 16, 2015
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Murphy: Act quickly to get NARCAN to school nurses

VALHALLA, NY - Experts say tools are needed to win the war on opioid addiction. Healthcare professionals joined Senator Terrence P. Murphy today at the Valhalla Ambulance Corps to call for quick implementation of an important budget item secured by Murphy which supplies school nurses with one such tool, Naloxone, or NARCAN, and trains them in administering the heroin antidote. Senator Murphy called for the State Department of Health to expedite creation of the rules and regulations necessary to implement this historic program.

April 16, 2015
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Public Forum on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Set at NU

Co-Chairman of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Sen. Rob Ortt has announced one of the several open forums will take place at Niagara University on May 7. There, he and a panel of speakers will hear gather ideas from the public in order to strengthen legislation on the growing problem. Read more about the forum from The Buffalo News.

April 16, 2015
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Heroin Task Force announces first round of forums

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Senate today announced the schedule for the first round of forums being held by the bipartisan Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The Task Force will meet in Yorktown, Rochester, Lewiston, Albany and additional communities to examine the issues created by increased heroin abuse that is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state. The Task Force is co-chaired by Senator Terrence Murphy, Senator Robert Ortt, chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health; and Senator George A. Amedore, Jr., chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

April 13, 2015
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Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Announces Forums

 First Round of Dates Scheduled for Yorktown, Rochester, Lewiston, and Albany

The New York State Senate today announced the schedule for the first round of forums being held by the bipartisan Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The Task Force will meet in Yorktown, Rochester, Lewiston, Albany and additional communities to examine the issues created by increased heroin abuse that is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state.

April 13, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS INVITES RESIDENTS TO “SHED THE MEDS” IN MANHASSET ON APRIL 18th

Residents can Safely Dispose of Expired or Unwanted Medications

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District), in partnership with the Nassau County Police Department and the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), is sponsoring a “Shed the Meds” program to help residents safely dispose of unused or expired medications.

     The “Shed the Meds” program will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Shelter Rock Elementary School (27A Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset).

March 30, 2015
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Shed the Meds-Manhasset

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District), in partnership with the Nassau County Police Department and the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) are sponsoring a “Shed the Meds” program to help residents safely dispose of unused or expired medications. 

     The “Shed the Meds” program will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Shelter Rock Elementary School (27A Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset).

April 18, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Your Voice With Senator Ortt

During this segment of Your Voice, Senator Ortt talks about medical marijuana, sex trafficking, mental health, and Fort Drum Day.

March 24, 2015
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SOBERING NEWS, N.Y. NOW AMERICA’S HEROIN CAPITAL

 

The Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York gave testimony this week that New York has become the nation’s number one heroin trafficking hub. 

The co-chairs of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, State Senators Terrence Murphy, George Amedore and Robert Ortt, were alarmed by the news from prosecutor Bridgett Brennan.

March 16, 2015
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Sobering news, N.Y. now America's heroin capital

ALBANY, NY - The Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York gave testimony this week that New York has become the nation's number one heroin trafficking hub. The co-chairs of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, State Senators Terrence Murphy, George Amedore and Robert Ortt, were alarmed by the news from prosecutor Bridgett Brennan.

March 16, 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 26, 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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