Issues: Prescribed drugs or Prescriptions


March 20, 2014: Sen. Valesky, Asm. Moya, Dr. Rick Timbs and Dr. Lori Caplan, James Tallon


March 20, 2014

Syracuse area Democrat and IDC member David Valesky discusses his conference’s “Affordable New York Agenda” as well as the Governor’s tweaked property tax freeze.

Assemblyman Francisco Moya was outraged by the failure of the DREAM Act vote in the State Senate this week. Is there a future for the legislation within the state budget?

April 17, 2014

IDC Dems Set Senior Issues as a Top Priority

Updated: 03/19/2014 6:18 PM, Created: 03/19/2014 4:55 PM

By: Bill Lambdin

ALBANY - Members of AARP turned out at the State Capitol Wednesday to put a human face on the IDC budget proposals.

The measures have passed the State Senate, which puts them near the top of the pile of items being bartered behind closed doors as budget items are negotiated.

April 17, 2014

Senator David J. Valesky joins Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced that he has joined the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

“These drugs are highly addictive and extremely dangerous, and the increase in use that we’re seeing is deeply troubling,” Senator Valesky said. “Action is needed, and through this task force, I am hopeful we can do our part from a legislative perspective.”

April 14, 2014

Senator Griffo To Hold April 15 Forum on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in Utica

UTICA - Senator Joseph A. Griffo today announced he will be hosting the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in Utica from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the State Office Building, 207 Genesee St.

The forum is one of 12 being held throughout the state by the bipartisan task force created to solicit input on the rise in the use of heroin and other opioids in New York and to develop legislative recommendations for treating and preventing addiction and its consequences.

The forum will include members of the task force, experts in the fields of education, law enforcement, mental health and substance abuse and municipal officials.

April 10, 2014

Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014


ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014


State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Chair of the Senate Aging Committee,  along with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference, released a report in support of the conference’s proposals making New York State more affordable for senior citizens. Each of these proposals were addressed in the Senate one-house budget resolution.

March 19, 2014

Lawmakers get into the details of proposed pot program

By Laura Nahmias 2:41 p.m. | Mar. 12, 2014

ALBANY—With a proposal to legalize medical marijuana gaining momentum in the State Senate, lawmakers on Wednesday questioned patients, attorneys and marijuana business owners on the particulars of such a program.

“Many of us in the legislature are conversant I guess with the legislative side of it, but very few of us are conversant with the kinds of questions we’re asking,” said Ruth Hassell-Thompson, a Westchester Democrat, after one witness explained the difference between street names for strains of the drug (including "Bubble Gum Kush") and the technical labels that some states assign.

March 18, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #11: Combating Heroin Abuse

Heroin is our newest epidemic. It’s readily available and costs less than other street drugs, which has contributed to its meteoric rise in popularity over the past year.

Heroin does not discriminate. It makes addicts out of the young and old, the rich and the poor, the unemployed and the employed.

Heroin abuse is not just a drug addict’s problem. It’s a community problem. Heroin use creates “spinoff crimes.” Addicts are shoplifting, stealing and burglarizing homes to pay for their high, which decreases everyone’s quality of life.

March 13, 2014

Coalition for Community Services Presents “Champion Award” to Senator Lanza and Assemblyman Cusick at State Capitol

Lawmakers Acknowledged for Their Landmark I-Stop Law Curbing Prescription Drug Abuse


March 6, 2014

Statement From Senator Andrew Lanza Regarding U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Decision to Approve Zohydro ER

As the debate over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Zohydro ER, a powerful extended-release painkiller, continues to grow, Senator Andrew J. Lanza speaks out against the decision by asking Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman for his continued support in fighting the growing painkiller abuse epidemic that is facing New York.

Today, Senator Lanza is urging AG Schneiderman to join Attorneys General from at least 28 other states  in asking the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its approval of the powerful painkiller.

February 28, 2014

New Community Initiative To Combat Drug Abuse

ONEONTA, 02/24/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I - Oneonta) today joined Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and the City of Oneonta Police Department to unveil a new drug take-back collection box inside the Oneonta Public Safety Building at 81 Main Street in Oneonta.  

Mallinckrodt is providing a lock box at the Oneonta police station for people to dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications.  This is the most recent installment of Mallinckrodt’s continued efforts for patient safety and education.  

February 24, 2014

2014 Legislative Questionnaire/What Are Your Priorities?

As we proceed through the 2014 Legislative session, I’d like your feedback on issues that may be considered, such as medical marijuana, universal full-day pre-kindergarten, and campaign finance reform. I want to know what your priorities are. What concerns you the most? Please share your thoughts by filling out this survey.

February 20, 2014

Senator Klein Applauds Arrest and Take Down of Bronx ‘Pill Mill’

BRONX, NY– Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) applauded the work of New York City and State law enforcement in arresting and indicting Dr. Robert Terdiman, Dr. Kevin Lowe and 21 individuals who took part in an illegal scheme to sell prescriptions for oxycodone at their clinic, Astramed Physicians, PC, in the Bronx. The two year investigation leading to yesterday’s arrest and indictment came from a tip provided by Senator Klein’s office, alerting them of potentially illegal activity at that site in 2010.

February 7, 2014

Local Leaders React to Cuomo's Tax Plans and Marijuana Stance

by Jim Kenyon

In order to get into the convention center to hear the State of the State, people had to file past a loud group of protesters calling for a ban on fracking for natural gas, and others opposed to the New York SAFE Act which became the centerpiece to last year's speech.

On Wednesday, the Governor talked about creating jobs by relieving the tax burden on employers He wants to reduce the corporate income tax, abolish it all together for upstate manufacturers and put a freeze on property taxes.

Senator Dave Valesky supports the efforts. " We feel very confident that we'll be successful in providing meaningful tax relief to the taxpayers of our state." he told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon.

January 13, 2014

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day ~ Saturday, October 26, 2013 ~ Find a location near you

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

According to the DEA, this is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

October 25, 2013

Senator Zeldin and the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board Address the State of Sober Homes in Suffolk


Senator Zeldin and the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board Address the State of Sober Homes in Suffolk

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), in conjunction with Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning and the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board, held a successful event yesterday to examine and discuss the state of Sober Living Homes in Suffolk County.

October 16, 2013


Senator Andrew Lanza, Assemblyman Michael Cusick and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman were joined by Island officials and community leaders at Delco Drugs on Staten Island to celebrate the implementation of a key component of New York State’s innovative program for preventing prescription drug abuse.

September 4, 2013

Kennedy and Ryan Mark One-Year Anniversary Of New York’s Landmark I-STOP Law

State Lawmakers Announce New Tools, Established with Comprehensive I-STOP law, to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse. 

New Online Database Will Help Prevent “Doctor-Shopping”, Stop Drug Abuse Problems Before They Start – Law Was Enacted One Year Ago, Passed Unanimously by NY State Legislature.

BUFFALO – Today, August 26, 2013, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced the implementation of key provisions of the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) legislation that was passed last year, and signed into law on August 27, 2012.

August 26, 2013
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