Issues: Prescribed drugs or Prescriptions

NEW LAW HELPS NEW YORK STATE FIGHT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that will help the state crack down harder on prescription drug abuse.

August 27, 2012
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Shed the Meds Program- Massapequa

     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 (just south of Merrick Road), Merrick

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

September 20, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Shed the Meds Program- Merrick

     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 (just south of Merrick Road), Merrick

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

September 20, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Shed The Meds Program at the Islip Fire Department

Elaine Incandela of Deer Park was among the many community members who met with Senator Owen H. Johnson at his “Shed The Meds” event at the Islip Fire Department on June 30th.  Senator Johnson said, “I’d like to thank all who dropped off unused or expired prescription drugs for helping to keep them out of the wrong hands and also out of our water supply.  A special thanks to the Suffolk County Police Department who helped collect and safely dispose of the unwanted prescription drugs.”

July 26, 2012
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Officials tout prescription-tracking I-STOP as key to combating Rx abuse on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Just about every two weeks, according to state Sen. Andrew Lanza, someone dies on Staten Island of a prescription drug overdose.

Lanza met today with State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Assemblyman Michael Cusick, and City Councilwoman Debi Rose to update Islanders on legislation they say will be a national model for fighting prescription drug abuse.

July 17, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS ATTORNEY GENERAL IN DISCUSSING RECENTLY APPROVED “I-STOP” LEGISLATION TO COMBAT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

     Photo caption; Senator Fuschillo (speaking) discusses how the recently approved I-STOP legislation he cosponsored will help combat the growing prescription drug epidemic on Long Island and throughout New York State.

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R – Merrick) recently joined with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) and other state and local officials to inform residents about the recently approved “I-STOP” legislation. The “I-STOP” legislation, which was cosponsored by Senator Fuschillo and Senator Hannon, would significantly improve the way prescription drugs are prescribed and monitored in New York State.

July 6, 2012
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TELL THE ASSEMBLY TO PASS ALIX'S LAW NOW!

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Western New York has been rocked recently by several high profile incidents involving the hit-and-run deaths of area teens and young adults. The most widely publicized was the hit-and-run death of 18-year-old Alix Rice of Amherst.

June 28, 2012
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NYS Senate approves bill to help police catch meth-makers, but Assembly doesn't vote on it

By Teri Weaver / The Post-Standard The Post-Standard

Syracuse -- State and local police could go after meth-makers buying cold medicine in bulk under a proposed law the New York State Senate passed today.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, mirrors a federal law that tracks and limits the amount of purchases of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, an ingredient needed to make methamphetamine.

June 21, 2012
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Senate Passes Valesky Bill to Combat Meth Production

ALBANY, N.Y.—The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) to combat the growing methamphetamine production problem in New York State.

June 21, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Votes To Pass “I-STOP” To Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

In an effort to fight the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the Senate recently to unanimously pass legislation that will make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.  The legislation, which Senator Flanagan co-sponsored, will create the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (“I-STOP”) Act and include “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

The bill (S.7637) was also approved in the Assembly and will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law.

June 19, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP PHARMACIES COLLECT CO-PAYMENTS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C Syracuse) announced that the New York State Senate on June 18, 2012, passed his bill (S4749), which would require pharmacies to collect prescription drug co-payments from customers at the point of sale.

Currently, recipients of Medicaid and Family Health Plus can refuse to pay a modest co-payment, which can range between $1 and $6 depending on the prescription. The pharmacy must still honor the prescription despite a beneficiary’s refusal to pay, resulting in significant financial losses to New York State pharmacies each year.

June 19, 2012
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June 18, 2012
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NEWS FROM THE SENATE BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN

As this year’s legislative session comes to a close, the NYS Senate is hard at work ensuring the passage of important legislation such as the following:

June 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES "I-STOP" TO REDUCE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State. 

The bill (S7637), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, includes "real time" prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

June 14, 2012
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA EXPLAINS HIS LANDMARK PRESCRIPTION DRUG REFORM PACKAGE WHICH CREATES AN ONLINE, REAL TIME DATABASE TO TRACK PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS

Lanza's Legislation, S.7637, Will Make New York State A National Leader In Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse.

June 14, 2012
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Senator O'Mara supports Legislature's approval of legislation to combat prescription drug abuse

Albany, N.Y., June 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) voted in favor of legislation approved by the Senate and Assembly late yesterday to make New York a national leader in combating prescription drug abuse.

The legislation now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law.

June 12, 2012
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Senator Valesky Supports Landmark Legislation to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7637) yesterday  that will significantly change the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State, with the intent of mitigating the growing prescription drug abuse problem.

 

June 12, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF “I-STOP” LEGISLATION TO REDUCE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R – Merrick) today announced the passage of legislation by the State Senate and Assembly to combat the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse. The “I-Stop” legislation would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.

     The bill (S7637), cosponsored by Senator Fuschillo, includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.

June 11, 2012
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