Issues: Prescribed drugs or Prescriptions

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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Ortt Announces Action to be Taken on Bills to Fight New York’s Heroin Crisis

Senate Heroin Task Force Expected to Pass 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) today announced the Senate will soon be acting on several bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for selling dangerous opioids. Senator Ortt, along with Task Force Co-Chairs Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. (R,C,I – Rotterdam) and Senator Terrence Murphy (R,C,I – Yorktown), said the Senate is expected to vote on the package of bills next week, before the end of the legislative session.

June 3, 2015
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SENATOR MARCELLINO ASKS YOU TO “SHED THE MEDS”

Senator Carl L. Marcellino is partnering with the Nassau and Suffolk County Police Departments to help residents safely dispose of their expired or unused medications.

The “Shed the Meds” programs will take place:

May 20, 2015
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NYS Senator Sue Serino and Special Guest Congressman Chris Gibson to Hold Public Forum on Heroin and Opiate Addiction

 

**COMMUNITY FORUM**

NYS Senator Sue Serino and Special Guest Congressman Chris Gibson to Hold Public Forum on Heroin and Opiate Addiction

Who: NYS Senator Sue Serino, Special Guest Congressman Chris Gibson, and Council on Addiction, Prevention and Education (C.A.P.E.)

What:  Public Forum on Heroin and Opiate Addiction

When: Thursday, May 21, 2015; 7:00-8:30pm

Where: Haviland Middle School; 23 Haviland Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538, United States

May 18, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP STOP PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE BY PREVENTING THE THEFT AND SALE OF BLANK PRESCRIPTION FORMS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed a measure to help stop illegal prescription drugs from entering the black market when criminals steal and sell blank prescription forms. The bill, S3402, creates new penalties for the theft, sale, and unauthorized possession of a blank New York State prescription form to prevent drug abuse and the criminal enterprises that help supply drug addictions.

May 15, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Help Stop Prescription Drug Abuse By Preventing the Theft and Sale of Blank Prescription Forms

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to help stop illegal prescription drugs from entering the black market when criminals steal and sell blank prescription forms.

May 12, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE, ALBANY COUNTY SHERIFF CRAIG APPLE TO HOST COMMUNITY NARCAN TRAINING

SENATOR AMEDORE, ALBANY COUNTY SHERIFF CRAIG APPLE TO HOST COMMUNITY NARCAN TRAINING

May 8, 2015
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Senator Ortt Hosts Forum on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

Niagara County Forum is the Third Out of Four to be Held This Spring

State Senator Rob Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda), co-chair of the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, today led the discussion on the growing threat of heroin and opioid abuse in our communities. The public forum, held at Niagara University, drew more than 100 concerned residents throughout the area.   

Speakers on the panel included local law enforcement, educators, addiction specialists, health care professionals, elected officials and parents of children affected by heroin and opioid addiction.

May 7, 2015
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