State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) said this year’s state budget will assist those facing mental illness and disabilities. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Ortt said issues raised by individuals, families, and advocacy groups were central to his approach to the budget.
ALBANY, NY - The Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York gave testimony this week that New York has become the nation's number one heroin trafficking hub. The co-chairs of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, State Senators Terrence Murphy, George Amedore and Robert Ortt, were alarmed by the news from prosecutor Bridgett Brennan.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic announced the passage of two bills by the New York State Senate that would strengthen penalties for meth related crimes and prevent use of parks or playgrounds for drug activity. Senate Bill S.1150, and Senate Bill S.994 would combat the spread of methamphetamine use in New York and stop parks and deter drug dealers from selling in parks and playgrounds.
Today’s announcement that New York State has been awarded $8.1 million in federal funds to help combat the heroin epidemic is terrific news. As Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and Co-Chair of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, one of my top priorities is taking steps to eliminate the heroin epidemic that continues to grow and effect communities throughout New York.
PAWLING, NY – Just last week the City of Poughkeepsie police department confiscated 108 bags of heroin from a single apartment in yet another drug bust in the war on heroin raging in the region. Last night, community advocates and a hundred local residents joined a panel filled with local elected officials, law enforcement experts, and treatment professionals hosted by State Senator Terrence Murphy focused on providing additional solutions to the epidemic.
State Senator Robert Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) has been appointed as one of three legislators to lead the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Senators Terrence Murphy (R,C,I,Green-Yorktown) and George Amedore, Jr. (R,C,I-Rotterdam) will also co-chair the task force.
Created in 2014, the Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction examines the rise in heroin use and other opioids in New York State and helps to develop ways to treat and prevent addiction.
Senator George Amedore was appointed as Co-Chairman of the New York State Senate’s bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Senator Amedore will Co-Chair the Task Force along with Senators Terrence Murphy (Yorktown) and Robert Ortt (North Tonawanda).
New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced the appointment of three new Co-Chairs to lead the Senate’s bipartisan Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Senators Terrence Murphy (R-C-I-Green-SCC, Yorktown), George A. Amedore, Jr. (R-C-I, Rotterdam), and Robert Ortt (R, North Tonawanda) will continue to examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse.
"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.
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).
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.