Issues: Drugs

RITCHIE SECURES $40,000 TO PROVIDE ANTI-DRUG ABUSE COUNSELING, EDUCATION IN CNY SCHOOLS

Funding Will Expand Programs to All Oswego County School Districts  

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $40,000 to restore anti-drug abuse counseling and education programs to all school districts in Oswego County.    

July 10, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR DAVID J. VALESKY ON PASSAGE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION

I supported this legislation because I believe it is about compassionate care, and will provide comfort and relief to people with serious medical conditions.

June 25, 2014
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Governor Cuomo Signs Anti-Heroin Legislation

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo, Lt. Governor Duffy and my colleagues from the State Legislature today as the Governor signed legislation to combat growing heroin and opioid epidemic. As a member of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, I heard firsthand of the horrors these drugs can have on users and their families. This package of legislation is a step in the right direction to putting an end to this statewide problem. 

June 24, 2014
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Bills to address Heroin and Opioid crisis get final passage

Albany, NY – State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer has announced that 11 bills to combat the statewide Heroin and Opioid crisis have passed both houses of the State Legislature.

 

The comprehensive legislative package will target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised by experts and parents at a public forum of the Heroin and Opioid Addiction Task Force hosted by Senator Ranzenhofer at Batavia City Hall.

 

June 23, 2014
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Senators Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins Celebrate Win for Compassionate Care

Albany, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) hailed the passage of the Compassionate Care Act on Friday. The legislation establishes the state’s first medical marijuana program and includes provisions to ensure that the drug is reserved only for patients with serious conditions to prevent abuse. The program will be effective in 18 months.

June 23, 2014
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Package to Address Statewide Heroin and Opioid Crisis

The New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive package of bills to address the growing heroin and opioid crisis. The measures target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers at the 18 forums held by the Senate Majority Coalition’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. 

June 19, 2014
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Senate Passes Seward Bill To Combat Heroin & Opioid Crisis

ALBANY, 06/19/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today spoke on the senate floor in support of legislation to fight the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.  The senate passed a package of eleven bills that were part of a three-way agreement between the senate, assembly and governor.  The package includes senate bill 7912, sponsored by Senator Seward, to improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services.

June 19, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Statement on the Heroin Bills Package

“Within the last decade opioid use, particularly among young adults, has risen at an alarming and unacceptable rate,” Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “We have a responsibility to combat this addictive and deadly substance and educate the public against its use. Today's announcement is a step in the right direction and these laws will be an effective tool in fighting the heroin and opioid scourge that our state is facing. "

June 18, 2014
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RITCHIE STATEMENT ON LEGISLATIVE AGREEMENT TO ADDRESS HEROIN EPIDEMIC

It’s nearly every day that I hear from constituents who are concerned about the rising use of heroin in our state.  Whether it’s a parent looking for a way for their child to get treatment or simply a concerned citizen, it’s becoming more and more clear that we need to take real action to address this epidemic.

June 18, 2014
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Seward Bill Key Component Of Legislative Agreement To Combat Heroin

ALBANY, 06/18/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced an agreement between legislative leaders and the governor on several bills aimed at fighting the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.  The package includes a bill, sponsored by Senator Seward, to improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services.

June 18, 2014
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Senator Kennedy: New Tools to Combat Heroin Epidemic in Legislation Agreed Upon in State Capitol

With 45 Percent Increase in Heroin Overdoses in Erie County in 2013, Kennedy Has Pushed for Necessary Legislative Actions to Combat Growing Crisis.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is confident a package of reforms agreed upon in the State Capitol will help combat the growing heroin epidemic facing communities across our state. As this public-health crisis continues to grow more dire, Kennedy believes these new laws will help prevent addiction and reduce drug abuse.

June 18, 2014
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Griffo Writes Local Police About Funds to Combat Heroin

UTICA – Joseph A. Griffo wrote to 21 police departments in his Senate district this week, urging them to apply for a grant that would provide training and equipment in the fight against heroin.

Griffo had asked the Office of the Attorney General to extend its deadline for the Community Overdose Prevention (COP) program so that more local departments could apply for funds. The office announced Friday that the new deadline would be Sept. 1, due to popular demand.

June 13, 2014
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STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR AND SUNY PLAN TO COMBAT HEROIN ABUSE

Across our state and our nation, the spike in heroin use has meant the loss of life, increased crime and heartbreak amongst families and friends of those who use this deadly drug.  Today, I applaud Governor Cuomo for his announcement of a statewide initiative to combat the rise of heroin use. This initiative—which includes stepping up law enforcement efforts, an awareness campaign taking place at public college and university campuses throughout the state—will greatly help to address the heroin epidemic. 

As a member of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, I’ve heard from many individuals who are on the ground level about what can be done to stop the spread of heroin.  Time and time again, one of the top suggestions  has been educating individuals—especially young people—about the dangers the drug presents.  As we saw last month at SUNY Oswego, heroin is a deadly drug, with very serious consequences.  I am extremely pleased that the Governor and SUNY leaders are focusing their attention on increasing awareness at colleges across our state. 

June 11, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILLS RECOMMENDED BY HEROIN TASK FORCE

Measures Will Help Address Growing Heroin and Opioid Use in New York        The New York State Senate today passed 23 bills to address issues

June 10, 2014
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS LONG ISLAND’S GROWING HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Legislation Would Give Parents New Options to Get Treatment for their Children & Increase Education for Teens

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored to address the growing heroin epidemic on Long Island and throughout New York State. The bills would give parents new resources to get treatment for their children and increase education for teens about the dangers of heroin and drug abuse.

June 10, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILLS CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR VALESKY THAT FIGHT HEROIN AND OPIOID ABUSE

ALBANY, N.Y.--A package of bills co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that target heroin and opioid abuse prevention and treatment and that expand resources for law enforcement passed the New York State Senate today. The bipartisan Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, of which Senator Valesky is a member, formed in response to the statewide heroin epidemic and recommended action on these specific bills.

June 10, 2014
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State Senate Passes Legislation to Fight Heroin and Opioid Addiction

For Release:   Immediate, June 9, 2014 

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Young Will Enhance Treatment and Prevention

            ALBANY - After the successful joint heroin and opioid addiction forum hosted by Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I - Olean) and the Seneca Nation of Indians, the State Senate passed 23 bills to battle the alarming rise in the use of heroin and opioids that has claimed lives and devastated families across New York State.

            “We received great local input at our forum and much of this information is reflected in the bills we passed. Families who have been torn apart by heroin and opioid addiction spoke about changes that are needed to get this epidemic under control. Prevention, treatment, and enforcement all need to be tackled. Our legislation will make a real difference for those struggling with addiction,” said Senator Young.

June 9, 2014
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Senate Passes Bills Recommended By Heroin Task Force

The New York State Senate today passed 23 bills to address issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse, addiction, and related crimes in New York. The bills are part of a comprehensive legislative package proposed by the bipartisan New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in a report released in May.

The bill package passed today begins the legislative response laid out in the report to prevent drug abuse and overdoses; increase the availability and efficacy of addiction treatment; and enhance the tools provided to law enforcement to keep heroin off the streets.

June 9, 2014
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State Senate acts on bills recommended by Heroin Task Force

Albany, NY - Senator Mike Ranzenhofer gives an update on 23 bills, recommended by the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, passed by the State Senate.  Senator Ranzenhofer hosted a public forum for the Task Force in Batavia on May 23.

June 9, 2014
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