Issues: Prescribed drugs or Prescriptions

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), 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, September 19th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Shelter Rock Elementary School (27A Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset).

September 19, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Murphy Announces $25k Grant For Drug Crisis in Our Backyard

MAHOPAC, NY - Steve and Susan Salomone have a story that parents across the Hudson Valley have come to relate to: their son Justin died of a heroin overdose in 2012. As a result of his death, the Salomones, along with the Christensen family of Somers, founded the advocacy group Drug Crisis in Our Backyard. At a press conference earlier today, State Senator Terrence Murphy, who serves as the co-chairman of the Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, announced a $25,000 state grant in an effort to expand the program's reach throughout the community.

July 31, 2015
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Yorktown sheds over 150 lbs. of prescription drugs at Murphy drop-off event

YORKTOWN, NY - Last week the Buffalo area suffered 10 opiate related overdoses in just 24 hours. Today, Senator Terrence Murphy, who serves as the co-chairman of the Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, hosted his second of five prescription drug drop off events as part of the effort to remove dangerous medications from residents' medicine cabinets.

July 23, 2015
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Ortt, Russell Family Question Low Bail for Accused Heroin Dealer

Victims' Parents: “Pay a fine of $20,000 and be back on the streets, killing again?”

 State Senator Rob Ortt (R, C, I – North Tonawanda) today joined a Lockport family in questioning the bail decision for a notorious accused heroin dealer. As reported by The Buffalo News on July 18 (“Police, prosecutors outraged at low bail for accused heroin dealer”), Buffalo City Court Judge Betty Calvo-Torres set a $20,000 bail for Dellsean Hamilton – a twice-arrested, accused heroin dealer, found in possession of 2,100 bags of opiates.

July 21, 2015
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Murphy to rep NY at national pain management conference

YORKTOWN, NY - The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan think tank comprised of legislators from across the country, has named Senator Terrence Murphy to a national panel dealing with heroin and opioid abuse at a seminar in New Orleans next week. Senator Murphy, who serves as co-chairman of the State's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, will represent New York State along with representatives from 12 other states.

July 17, 2015
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Senate Heroin Task Force Co-Chairs Urge Assembly to Take Action Following Release of Staggering CDC Report

ALBANY, NY - In the wake of a study released earlier this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows a dramatic rise in heroin use and overdose deaths, the co-Chairs of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction are calling on the Assembly to join the Senate in passing a package of legislation that would help eradicate the heroin epidemic. From 2002-04, 379,000 Americans reported using heroin within a 12 month period. According to the study made public this week, that number has increased to 663,000 Americans, with overdose deaths nearly doubling.

July 9, 2015
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Senate Heroin Task Force Co-Chairs Call on Assembly to Join Them in Fight Against Heroin Epidemic

In the wake of a study released earlier this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that shows a dramatic rise in heroin use and overdose deaths, the co-chairs of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction are calling on the Assembly Majority to join the Senate in passing a package of legislation that would help eradicate the heroin epidemic. From 2002-04, 379,000 Americans reported using heroin within a 12 month period. According to the study made public this week, that number has increased to 663,000 Americans in 2011-2013, with overdose deaths nearly doubling.

July 9, 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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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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Your Voice With Senator Ortt

As session winds down, Senator Ortt discusses his recent bills that passed in the Senate, and also talks about Amanda Lynn's Law and two geothermal bills that have just passed in both houses of the state legislature. Sen. Ortt concludes the interview with priority bills he's hoping to take up before session ends. 

June 16, 2015
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Legislature passes bill sponsored by Griffo that would help better understand epilepsy-related deaths

ALBANY – The New York State Senate and Assembly on Monday passed legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi that would require death certificates to include whether someone suffered a sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy.

June 15, 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 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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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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Ortt, Senate Pass Bills to Combat State Heroin Crisis and Enhance Treatment Options for Opioid Abuse

Senate Heroin Task Force Passes Several Heroin-Related Bills Before End of Session

New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Co-Chair, Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) and his Senate colleagues today passed a package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for selling dangerous opioids. Senator Ortt co-chairs the Task Force with Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. (R,C,I – Rotterdam) and Senator Terrence Murphy (R,C,I – Yorktown).

 

June 9, 2015
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Heroin Task Force Announces Actions to be Taken on Bills to Fight New York's Heroin Crisis

ALBANY, NY - As co-chairman of the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, Senator Terrence Murphy announced yesterday that the Senate will soon be acting on its first flight of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. In conjunction with Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. (R-C-I, Rotterdam) and Senator Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda), Senator Murphy said that the Senate is expected to take up the bills next week, before the end of the legislative session.

June 4, 2015
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