Issues: Prescribed drugs or Prescriptions

SENATOR FUSCHILLO SPONSORING “SHED THE MEDS” PROGRAM IN COPIAGUE

Residents can Safely Dispose of Expired or Unused Medications on May 4th at Copiague Middle School

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will be sponsoring a “Shed the Meds” program to help residents safely dispose of unused or expired medications.

April 10, 2013
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Shed the Meds Program- Copiague

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will be 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, May 4th between 9 am and 12 pm at Copiague Middle School, located at 2650 Great Neck Road in Copiague. 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 Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office who will be supervising the program.

May 4, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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SENATE PASSES ‘ALIX’S LAW’

Bill Would Make it Illegal for Driver to Leave Scene After Vehicle Hits Any Object

The New York State Senate today passed “Alix’s Law”, sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), to close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident.

The legislation (S1698A) responds to a drunk driving accident that killed a teenage girl in Amherst, Erie County. On July 8, 2011, 18-year-old Alix Rice was killed by a drunk driver as she road home on her longboard. The driver argued that he was not aware he had hit a person and he was acquitted on the felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

March 25, 2013
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ALIX’S LAW PASSES THROUGH SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Bill Named After Amherst Teen Would Close Dangerous Loophole In Hit-And-Run Accidents

ALBANY - The New York State Senate Transportation Committee passed “Alix’s Law” (S.1698A) today, sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma). The bill would close a legal loophole and hold intoxicated drivers accountable for leaving the scene of an accident. 

March 19, 2013
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Senator Farley Announces Senate Bill Targets Prescription Black Market

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate acted on legislation that would crack down on the growing black market in non-controlled prescription drugs which puts patients at risk and rips off taxpayers through Medicaid fraud.  Legislation makes it a crime to fraudulently prescribe, buy, and sell these types of medications.

These expensive medications are most often paid for by Medicaid and sold on the street for a fraction of their actual value. The criminals who buy the medications often bring them to a stash house where they are collected and resold to unscrupulous pharmacies or shipped to other countries. 

March 13, 2013
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Senate Bill Targets Prescription Black Market

The New York State Senate today acted on legislation that would crack down on the growing black market in non-controlled prescription drugs which puts patients at risk and rips off taxpayers through Medicaid fraud.  Legislation (S.2942) sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City) makes it a crime to fraudulently prescribe, buy, and sell these types of medications.

March 12, 2013
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Senate Bill Targets Prescription Black Market

    The New York State Senate today acted on legislation that would crack down on the growing black market in non-controlled prescription drugs which puts patients at risk and rips off taxpayers through Medicaid fraud.  Legislation (S.2942) makes it a crime to fraudulently prescribe, buy, and sell these types of medications.

March 12, 2013
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DMAA Press Conference with Jose Canseco

What: Following the sudden deaths of two U.S. soldiers during routine fitness exercises, Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will call for a statewide ban of the controversial and unregulated dietary supplement linked to each soldier's death. The drug, known as dimethylamylamine, or DMAA, is currently banned by half a dozen countries, as well as by the U.S. military and nearly every major league sports organization.

March 6, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeff Klein, Joined By Former Major League Baseball Star Jose Canseco, Medical Experts, and Victims, Introduces Legislation to Ban Popular Over the Counter Nutritional Supplement “DMAA”

ALBANY, NY - In the wake of two military deaths linked to the use of a risky over the counter dietary supplement, New York State Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) introduced legislation today that would immediately ban all future sales of products containing the popular but dangerous substance. The supplement, known as dimethylamylamine, or DMAA, is currently banned in six countries, as well as by the U.S. military and nearly every amateur and professional sports organization.

March 6, 2013
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As I-STOP Takes Effect, Senator Kennedy Presses for Answers on State’s Preparedness for Prescription Drug Abuse

Epidemic of prescription drug abuse has given rise to statewide need to re-tool addiction treatment services. 

Kennedy urges state officials to ensure WNY gets its fair share of resources for addiction treatment and prevention. 

Kennedy: With prescription drug abuse at epidemic levels in WNY, state must re-tool the approach to fighting addiction before more lives are lost.

February 27, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Intern for Senator Martins Raises Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness

Mineola High School Senior Eric Timlin, an intern at the District Office of State Senator Jack M. Martins, wanted his senior project to be something that would benefit his classmates and the community as a whole. Timlin decided to organize an assembly at Mineola High School about a problem that has come to light in recent years – the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Recently, the New York State Senate added a powerful tool to combat the epidemic through a new law, entitled I-STOP, that was co-sponsored by Senator Martins. The legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo, creates an online database accessible to doctors and pharmacists who will be able to identify who is getting excessive prescriptions of narcotics.

January 7, 2013
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September 29th 'National Prescription Drug Take Back Day' follows up New York's new I-STOP Law in fight against prescription drug abuse

Elmira, N.Y., September 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) reminded area residents today that Saturday, September 29, 2012 is "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day" and law enforcement agencies across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will operate drop-off centers for people to anonymously dispose of their unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

“It’s incredibly important that our law enforcement leaders are taking part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Their ongoing leadership in this overall effort to combat the alarming rise of prescription drug abuse will make all the difference,” said O’Mara. 

September 28, 2012
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SHED THE MEDS OCTOBER 20TH AT WEST ISLIP PUBLIC LIBRARY PARKING LOT 10:00AM UNTIL NOON

Bring your unwanted prescription drugs to a Shed The Meds program sponsored by Senator Owen H. Johnson on October 20, 2012, from 10:00 AM until Noon at the West Islip Public Library Parking Lot, 3 Higbie Lane in West Islip.  Drive up and drop off any expired or no longer used prescription medications.  They will be safely disposed of by the Suffolk County Police Department who will be on hand for the collection.“We’ve all heard too many stories about prescription drugs being used improperly and even illegally,” Senator Johnson said.  “By collecting and properly disposing of household drugs, we can help to keep them out of the wrong hands.  Doing so also keeps harmful materials from being disposed of improperly and potentially damaging our water supply.”

October 20, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INVITES RESIDENTS TO “SHED THE MEDS”

Residents can Safely Dispose of Old Medications on September 20th

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that he will again be sponsoring a “Shed the Meds” program to help residents safely disposal of unused or expired medications.

     The “Shed the Meds” program will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2012 between 5 pm and 8 pm at two drop off locations:

     · Merrick Jewish Centre, 225 Fox Boulevard, Merrick (just south of Merrick Road)

     · St. Rose of Lima Church, 2 Bayview Avenue, Massapequa (just off Merrick Road)

August 30, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LANDMARK LANZA-CUSICK LEGISLATION TO HELP NEW YORK STATE FIGHT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LANDMARK LANZA-CUSICK LEGISLATION TO HELP NEW YORK STATE FIGHT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation, authored by Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Mike Cusick, that will help make New York state a leader in fighting prescription drug abuse.

August 30, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO COMBAT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R – Merrick) announced that legislation he cosponsored to help combat prescription drug abuse has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new “I-STOP” law will significantly improve the way prescription drugs are prescribed and monitored in New York State.

     “Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic which has already led to tragedy here on Long Island. Stronger measures are needed to prevent drug abusers from gaming the system. The new safeguards created under ‘I-STOP’ will ensure that doctors and pharmacists receive improved information so that prescription drugs are only given to those who truly need them. I applaud Governor Cuomo for signing this law,” said Senator Fuschillo.

August 28, 2012
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Cuomo signs prescription drug database into law; Staten Island pols rejoice

Published: Monday, August 27, 2012, 5:51 PM by John Annese

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It's now the law of the state -- the governor on Monday authorized a database that tracks whether patients are bouncing from doctor to doctor to stockpile prescriptions of drugs like oxycodone.

Three years after the Advance highlighted a deadly abuse epidemic that has killed more people on Staten Island than car crashes or murder, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill spearheaded by borough lawmakers that would turn such a database into reality within a year.

August 28, 2012
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O'Mara applauds approval of legislation to combat prescription drug abuse

Albany, N.Y., August 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing into law a measure O’Mara strongly supported and voted in favor in the Senate to make New York State a national leader in combating prescription drug abuse.

August 28, 2012
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