Issues: Drugs

Somers sheds 150 pounds of prescription medications

SOMERS, NY - Scores of Somers residents responded to Senator Terrence P. Murphy's call to remove danger from their medicine cabinets when they came to his Shed The Meds event yesterday at the Somers Town House. In four hours, more than 150 pounds of prescription medications were collected and destined for safe disposal at a county facility. "Yesterday's event was a success due to our incredible partnership with the Town of Somers, the Somers Police Department and Somers Partners in Prevention," said Senator Murphy. "Our goal was to raise awareness of the dangers that are in our medicine cabinets and offer a safe place to dispose of them. Removing more than 150 pounds of prescription drugs clearly shows what a success this event was."

June 25, 2015
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Tamper resistant drugs to be made more available in New York State

ALBANY, NY - As the legislative session comes to a close, the State Senate approved a historic piece of legislation this week to ensure insurance companies cover the use of abuse-deterrent drugs in order to prevent opioid abuse, lawmakers say. Senator Terrence Murphy, co-chairman of the New York State Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, said "When it comes to winning the war on heroin and opioid abuse it is our responsibility to provide every tool possible to the people of New York. I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for having the foresight needed to embrace the new technologies that are being developed which will significantly mitigate the growing opioid addiction."

June 25, 2015
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Statement: Senator Rob Ortt Sums up Session as it Comes to a Close

“I’ve seen the best and the worst of government throughout my first legislative session. There have been true victories for the people of New York. We prioritized Upstate through billion dollar investments in education, infrastructure, economic development programs, energy, and agriculture. We increased critical services to veterans returning from combat, children without adequate health care, women subjected to rape and domestic violence, victims of mental illness, and individuals and families affected by disabilities. Stricter measures against drug dealers and sex offenders will keep our families and communities safe.

June 18, 2015
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Ortt, Kearns Join Forces to Fight New York’s Synthetic Drug Crisis

Senator Ortt Passes Bill to Broaden Scope of Synthetic Drugs to be Considered Illegal      

“There’s no silver bullet when it comes to ending the growing trend of synthetic drugs that’s especially popular among young adults,” said Senator Ortt. “Drug dealers shouldn’t be able to change the chemical makeup of a controlled substance, sell it as a toxic synthetic drug, and escape the consequences currently on the books. I commend Assemblyman Kearns for leading this fight in the Assembly to help protect our communities and crack down on drug dealers.”

State legislator Mickey Kearns is sponsoring this bill in the Assembly.

June 17, 2015
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Your Voice With Senator Ortt

As session winds down, Senator Ortt discusses his recent bills that passed in the Senate, and also talks about Amanda Lynn's Law and two geothermal bills that have just passed in both houses of the state legislature. Sen. Ortt concludes the interview with priority bills he's hoping to take up before session ends. 

June 16, 2015
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SENATE PASSES FUNKE LEGISLATION TO BAN DESIGNER DRUG FLAKKA IN NEW YORK STATE

The New York State Senate today passed S.4743, a bill sponsored by Senator Rich Funke to ban the sale or distribution of any product containing alpha-PVP, the primary chemical compound in the synthetic street drug known as Flakka, Gravel, or Insanity. Users of alpha-PVP have been reported to experience powerful reactions and violent behavior, and experts have warned of its growing availability locally and across the country.

June 15, 2015
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Valesky-Sponsored Legislation Combating Methamphetamine Production Passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) assisting law enforcement in combating the threat to public health and safety surrounding methamphetamine production passed the Senate on June 10. The growing use and manufacture of the illegal and highly addictive drug methamphetamine is particularly pervasive in rural counties in Upstate New York.

June 11, 2015
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Senate Continues Fight Against Heroin

ALBANY, 06/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. 

“As a member of the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, I have worked to combat this deadly drug, which is tearing lives, families, and communities apart,” said Senator Seward.  “Despite our progress last  year in addressing this epidemic, which has reached every segment of our population, the heroin crisis is far from over.” 

June 10, 2015
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Griffo Joins Senate in Passing Legislation To Confront Rising Crisis In Heroin, Opioid Abuse

 

ALBANY -- State Senator Joseph Griffo joined the New York State Senate on Tuesday in passing a package of proposed legislation that would help prevent heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids.

June 10, 2015
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Senate passes bills to combat heroin crisis and enhance treatment options for opioid abuse

The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids.

June 10, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Combat Heroin Crisis and Enhance Treatment Options for Opioid Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. The measures are being put forth by the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, co-chaired by Senators Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda), George A. Amedore, Jr.

June 9, 2015
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Griffo Joins Patients, Families As They Rally For Emergency Access To Medical Marijuana

ALBANY – State Senator Joseph Griffo joined patients, family members and advocates as they stood with legislators from both sides of the aisle today in support of a bill that would direct the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible.

June 9, 2015
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Senator Carlucci Passes Legislation to Fight Heroin Epidemic

Senator David Carlucci, as a member of the New York State Senate Heroin Task Force, has passed a bi-partisan, comprehensive legislative package to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic.

The package included Senator Carlucci’s bill S631, which establishes an assisted outpatient treatment for substance use disorders, and enables a court to order assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) for an individual with a substance use disorder who, due to his or her addiction, poses a threat to him or herself or others.

June 9, 2015
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Ortt, Senate Pass Bills to Combat State Heroin Crisis and Enhance Treatment Options for Opioid Abuse

Senate Heroin Task Force Passes Several Heroin-Related Bills Before End of Session

New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Co-Chair, Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) and his Senate colleagues today passed a package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for selling dangerous opioids. Senator Ortt co-chairs the Task Force with Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. (R,C,I – Rotterdam) and Senator Terrence Murphy (R,C,I – Yorktown).

 

June 9, 2015
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Senate passes Griffo’s bill to ban chemicals in synthetic drug “N-Bomb”

ALBANY – The State Senate on Wednesday passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Joseph Griffo that would ban key ingredients contained in certain synthetic drugs that mimic the hallucinogenic effects of LSD.

The synthetic drug known as “N-Bomb” or “Smiles” has already been linked to a number of fatalities nationwide, particularly in Arizona last month. But by banning four of the chemicals used to manufacture these potentially harmful drugs, Griffo believes this legislation (S738) will help prevent the scourge of N-Bomb from ever gaining a foothold in New York State.

June 4, 2015
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Heroin Task Force Announces Actions to be Taken on Bills to Fight New York's Heroin Crisis

ALBANY, NY - As co-chairman of the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, Senator Terrence Murphy announced yesterday that the Senate will soon be acting on its first flight of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. In conjunction with Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. (R-C-I, Rotterdam) and Senator Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda), Senator Murphy said that the Senate is expected to take up the bills next week, before the end of the legislative session.

June 4, 2015
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Senate Heroin Task Force Chairs Announce Action to be Taken on Bills to Fight New York's Heroin Crisis

The New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction co-chairs today announced that the Senate will soon be acting on its first flight of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. Senator George A. Amedore, Jr.

June 3, 2015
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Lawmakers and recovering addicts crack down on heroin epidemic

ALBANY - After a decade of popping prescription pills, Daniel Savona found the strength to free himself from the grips of addiction.

“I was tired of being tired. Active addiction is hell on earth,” said Savona.

Now sober for two and a half years, Savona wants to share his story with those who have the power to make a difference. So, he's speaking to the New York Senate task force that's working to crack down on the heroin epidemic.

“I consider it our AIDS epidemic of the 80’s. Until it has a face and a voice in legislation nothing is going to change,” said Savona.

June 3, 2015
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Ortt Announces Action to be Taken on Bills to Fight New York’s Heroin Crisis

Senate Heroin Task Force Expected to Pass Several Heroin-Related Bills Before End of Session

New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Co-Chair, Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced the Senate will soon be acting on several bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for selling dangerous opioids. Senator Ortt, along with Task Force Co-Chairs Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. (R,C,I – Rotterdam) and Senator Terrence Murphy (R,C,I – Yorktown), said the Senate is expected to vote on the package of bills next week, before the end of the legislative session.

June 3, 2015
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