Issues: Drugs

SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES SECOND PHASE OF COMBAT HEROIN CAMPAIGN

Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced the next phase of New York’s “Combat Heroin” Campaign.

December 23, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On September 27 from 10AM to 2PM, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with various law enforcement partners throughout New York State, will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs (with the exception of liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches).

September 27, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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NEARLY 60 POUNDS OF PILLS DISPOSED OF AT RITCHIE “SHED THE MEDS” EVENT IN GOUVERNEUR

Initiative Helps North Country Residents Get Rid of 350 Pounds of Medications

North Country residents have disposed of 350 pounds of pills through Senator Ritchie’s “Shed the Meds” program, an initiative aimed at helping people get rid of unwanted or expired prescription medications, including painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin.

The program featured four events throughout Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, with the most recent taking place Tuesday evening at Gouverneur Hospital.  At the Gouverneur event, nearly 60 pounds of prescription medications were disposed of. 

“The response to my “Shed the Meds” events is a testament to the need people have to get rid of pills that sit unused or expired in their medicine cabinets, which can potentially end up in the wrong hands or pollute our water if disposed of improperly,” said Senator Ritchie.

September 17, 2014
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Tkaczyk Measure Will Help Fight Adolescent Drug Addiction

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, working with local officials and advocates, has introduced legislation that will help address the growing epidemic of drug abuse and addiction in vulnerable children as young as 12 years old.

Senator Tkaczyk noted recent studies showing an alarming increase in the use of drugs by middle and high school students.  Her measure would help parents detect a potential problem by allowing for drug screening of children between the ages of 12 and 18 as part of their annual health care physical examination.

September 4, 2014
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MORE THAN 100 POUNDS OF MEDICATIONS DISPOSED OF AT RITCHIE "SHED THE MEDS" EVENT

More than 100 pounds of prescription drugs were disposed of Tuesday at State Senator Patty Ritchie’s “Shed the Meds” event; a program aimed at helping people safely and responsibly dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications. 

The event was the third of four taking place in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties.  So far, as a result of the program more than 300 pounds of medications including painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin.

“Many people don’t realize that the unused, unwanted or expired pills sitting in their medicine cabinets can pose major risks to children, pets, people who could abuse them and our drinking water if they are disposed of improperly” said Senator Ritchie. 

August 20, 2014
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RITCHIE “SHED THE MEDS” EVENT HELPS DISPOSE OF OVER 1,500 PILLS

 

Additional Events to be Held on August 19 and September 16 

August 14, 2014
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RITCHIE OBTAINS $50,000 TO FIGHT HEROIN IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Funds Will Assist St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has obtained $50,000 to help the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force expand its efforts in the fight against the heroin epidemic sweeping the North Country.

“Earlier this year, I held a forum on the heroin and opioid crisis facing small towns across Northern New York and local law enforcement leaders told me they needed more resources to crack down on major dealers,” Senator Ritchie said. “This additional funding will help our law enforcement community focus on the criminal element responsible for bringing so much misery to so many families.”

“The St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force is very grateful to Senator Ritchie for obtaining funds that will allow us to expand our investigations into the sources of the heroin and other narcotics being sold in our communities,” said St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells. “When we told Senator Ritchie we needed more resources, she promised to go to Albany to get us the help we needed to take back our neighborhoods.”

August 11, 2014
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES “SHED THE MEDS” EVENTS

Teams With Law Enforcement, Local Hospitals to Host Events in August and September

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting people who are looking to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to attend three “Shed the Meds” events she will be hosting in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. 

Last month, thousands of individual pills totaling more than 150 pounds were disposed of at a similar event held in Ogdensburg. Her upcoming events are being hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, River Hospital, Alexandria Bay Police Department, Carthage Area Hospital, Carthage Police Department, St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Govuerneur Hospital and Gouverneur Police Department.   

“Unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs pose a number of risks—including acting as the gateway drugs for other substances such as heroin, getting into the hands of children and potentially polluting water through improper disposal,” said Senator Ritchie.

August 8, 2014
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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 22, 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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