Issues: Drugs

Public Forum on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Set at NU

Co-Chairman of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Sen. Rob Ortt has announced one of the several open forums will take place at Niagara University on May 7. There, he and a panel of speakers will hear gather ideas from the public in order to strengthen legislation on the growing problem. Read more about the forum from The Buffalo News.

April 16, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: Examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse

Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction
Chairs: Senator Terrence Murphy, Senator George A. Amedore, Jr. and Senator Robert Ortt
Meeting: Examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse
Place: Niagara University, Castellani Art Museum, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York
Time: 4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Contact: Daniel Toomey (518) 455-2559
Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 7, 4:30 PM - 7:43 PM
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Heroin Task Force announces first round of forums

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Senate today announced the schedule for the first round of forums being held by the bipartisan Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The Task Force will meet in Yorktown, Rochester, Lewiston, Albany and additional communities to examine the issues created by increased heroin abuse that is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state. The Task Force is co-chaired by Senator Terrence Murphy, Senator Robert Ortt, chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health; and Senator George A. Amedore, Jr., chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

April 13, 2015
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JOINT SENATE TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION ANNOUNCES FORUMS

The New York State Senate today announced the schedule for the first round of forums being held by the bipartisan Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The Task Force will meet in Yorktown, Rochester, Lewiston, Albany and additional communities to examine the issues created by increased heroin abuse that is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state. 

 

April 13, 2015
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Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Announces Forums

 First Round of Dates Scheduled for Yorktown, Rochester, Lewiston, and Albany

The New York State Senate today announced the schedule for the first round of forums being held by the bipartisan Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The Task Force will meet in Yorktown, Rochester, Lewiston, Albany and additional communities to examine the issues created by increased heroin abuse that is causing hundreds of deaths in communities across the state.

April 13, 2015
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Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Announces Forums

The New York State Senate today announced the schedule for the first round of forums being held by the bipartisan Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.

April 13, 2015
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Ortt: Budget Assists Mental Health, Disabilities

As Chairman, Ortt Sees Progress on Key Issues

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.

April 12, 2015
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Sobering news, N.Y. now America's heroin capital

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.

March 16, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator George Amedore, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Room 801 LOB

March 17, 9:00 AM - 9:04 AM
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Senator Bonacic Announces Passage of Measures to Prevent Drug Use in New York Communities

 

(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.

March 11, 2015
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Ortt Talks About His Time so Far in Office

Senator Ortt reached out to constituents through an editorial outlining what he’s been up to in office and what his plans are for the future. Read the full article here.

March 11, 2015
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Senate Passes Measures to Prevent Drug Use in New York Communities

The New York State Senate today passed two drug prevention bills to combat the spread of methamphetamine use in New York and to stop parks and playgrounds from being used by drug dealers.Bill (

March 9, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE AT FAMILIES TOGETHER LUNCHEON

Senator Amedore discusses the heroin epidemic and substance abuse issues at the Families Together Legislative Luncheon on March 3, 2015. 

March 6, 2015
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Your Voice With Senator Ortt

Senator Ortt talks about mental health, heroin addiction, and the children's psychiatric center in West Seneca.

March 3, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION RAISING PENALTIES FOR DEALING DRUGS TO CHILDREN PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to strengthen penalties for dealing drugs to children. 

March 2, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR GEORGE AMEDORE

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.

February 27, 2015
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Pawling community forum searches for solutions to heroin addiction

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.

February 26, 2015
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Senator Robert Ortt appointed co-chair of Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

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.

February 6, 2015
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Serino and Murphy Announce Major Win Against Heroin Scourge

MURPHY & SERINO PRAISE AGREEMENT

TO CUT AND CAP THE PRICE OF LIFE-SAVING

HEROIN OVERDOSE ANTIDOTE, NARCAN

February 5, 2015
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