Issues: Prescribed drugs or Prescriptions

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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SECURELY DISPOSE OF UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AT NY STATE POLICE TROOP HEADQUARTERS IN FARMINGDALE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the placement of drop boxes at nine New York State Police Troop Headquarters that will give New Yorkers across the state a secure place to anonymously dispose of unused prescription medications and controlled substances."With the state cracking down harder than ever before on prescription drug abuse, these secure drop boxes will give New Yorkers a place to dispose of unneeded medications, helping keep harmful substances out of the hands of those who would abuse them," Governor Cuomo said.

August 27, 2012
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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!

Sign The E-Petition Today

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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