Issues: Controlled Substances

Legislative News from Senator Bill Larkin

Below are legislative actions taken by the State Senate recently to protect our families:

Nothing fake about the dangers of synthetic marijuana: Believed harmless by many, ‘fake pot’ is a dangerous substance whose growing use is spreading through our communities. Herbs sprayed with toxic chemicals, these over-the-counter drugs have been responsible for a number of violent acts and can have devastating effects on a user’s health. To protect our families the Senate has passed S.6694, a bill that prohibits the sale and possession of these hazardous substances. With side-effects as bad or worse than a number of illegal drugs, it’s time that synthetic marijuana is removed from our stores.

May 4, 2012
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Prescription Drug Abuse: Progress in Albany, Washington

Local Advocates headed to Washington to take their movement to national-level.

Top state leaders committed to taking action this session.

WNY’s federal and state representatives fighting to stop the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

May 4, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRIMINALIZE SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to criminalize the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. The bill (S.6694), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport),  would also criminalize the sale and possession of hallucinogenic chemicals deceptively called “bath salts.”

 "These chemicals are extremely dangerous and are a growing health concern for people of all ages," said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson).  "This legislation will keep these drugs off our streets and out of the hands of our children," said Larkin.

April 30, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Action to Prevent Underground Trafficking of Synthetic Marijuana, ‘Bath Salts’

Senate passes legislation to establish criminal penalties for the sale and possession of synthetic chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana, ecstasy or meth

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate has taken action to prevent the underground proliferation of synthetic marijuana and substituted cathinones – often referred to as ‘bath salts’. This follows a recent Health Department order which banned the sales of synthetic marijuana in stores throughout New York State.

April 30, 2012
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“SHED THE MEDS”

 Senator Carl L. Marcellino is partnering with the Glen Cove Police Department and the Glen Cove Fire Department to help residents safely dispose of their expired or unused medications.

April 26, 2012
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Senator Klein, NY Pharmacists, Unveil Legislation to Combat Prescription Drug Epidemic

New Figures Show Spike in Prescription Drug Diversion/ Pharmacy Burglaries

 

File: 
Pharmacy Crime report [final].pdf

April 11, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Celebrates Grand Opening of John David Human Services Center

Senator Montgomery delivered congratulatory remarks at the grand opening of the John David Human Services Center operated by New York Therapeutic Communities, Inc.  The Center, located at 2071 Fulton Street in Brooklyn, NY, will   provide both residential and outpatient addictions rehabilitation services.

April 2, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Praises Health Department Decision to Ban Synthetic Marijuana

State health commissioner issues order to stop the sale of all synthetic marijuana products in New York State

March 29, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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WNY Lawmakers Urge State Action to Ban Synthetic Drugs

Pending legislation to prohibit sale and distribution of synthetic drugs nearing vote in State Senate

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Western New York lawmakers are urging immediate action from the state to ban synthetic drugs. Abuse of these chemicals is growing locally and nationally, but the state has done little to slow or stop the rapid spread of synthetic marijuana. Senator Tim Kennedy and Assembly members Dennis Gabryszak and Crystal Peoples-Stokes say the time for delay and inaction are over. They want the state to pass measures to prohibit the sale and distribution of synthetic drugs.

March 23, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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Sen. Kennedy Joins A.G. Schneiderman in Push to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

Attorney General holds press conference in Western New York to advance I-STOP legislation

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, stands with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in urging the state to take action to combat prescription drug abuse. While Senator Kennedy was in Albany Tuesday and unable to attend the Attorney General’s press conference in Western New York, he has been stressing the urgency of addressing this epidemic and pushing his colleagues to support prescription drug abuse reform.

March 6, 2012
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Klein Investigation Finds Gaps in Rockefeller Reform Implementation

NEW YORK, NY – More than half of substance abuse treatment providers have reported no increase in patients in the three years since Rockefeller Drug Law reform, raising serious questions about the implementation of the revamped statutes, according to a report released Sunday by State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse.

The report, “Assessing the Effectiveness of Substance Abuse Treatment Under Rockefeller Drug Law Reform,” also found widespread communication problems between criminal justice agencies and recovery providers, as well as funding issues that threaten the effectiveness of the reforms.

February 26, 2012
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Kings Park in the kNOw

Senator Flanagan joins Kings Park in the kNOw for a discussion of the heroin epidemic facing Long Island

Please click here for more information on Kings Park in the kNOw

Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence

New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services

February 17, 2012
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Increase Penaltties for Sale of Drugs

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: February 16, 2012Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Passes Legislation to Better Protect Minors from Drug Abuse

Law would increase penalty for criminal sale of control substance to minors under age of 14

February 16, 2012
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Gallivan Takes Part in Roundtable Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis in New York State

Senate Passes Series of Bills To Curb Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I- 59th District) was among a handful of Senators to take part in a Senate Roundtable on New York State’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis, hosted in Albany today by Senators Kemp Hannon and Jeffrey Klein, Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Health and the Senate Committee Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, respectively.

The Roundtable included doctors, pharmacists, medical professionals, addiction specialists, law enforcement officials, drug abuse prevention organizations, and parents of victims whose deaths were attributed to prescription drug abuse, including, Avi and Julie Israel of North Buffalo.

February 15, 2012
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Senate Targets Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

ALBANY, 02/13/12 – With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate today passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers.

Senate approval of the bills followed a roundtable discussion on the issue of abuse of prescription painkillers.  This was a second in a series of public meetings discussing legislation to combat prescription drug abuse and to examine improving New York’s prescription reporting system.

February 14, 2012
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