Issues: Drugs

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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Recovering addicts speak to lawmakers to address fighting the heroin epidemic

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – After hearing expert testimony from medical professionals and from recovering addicts, some New York State lawmakers are preparing to do their part to help fight the heroin epidemic.

The state senate task force met at the University at Albany Tuesday night. Some believe lawmakers need to get more involved to help those who are struggling.

“I lost many years of my life to the disease of addiction,” Kingston native Daniel Sevona said.

Sevona was addicted to pain medication.

“I struggled with drug addiction for over 15 years,” he said.

Surrounded by a crowd that allowed him to continue to abuse prescription pills, Sevona feels he lost part of his life to addiction.

“Addiction consumes your life,” he said.

June 3, 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: D’Ambra Auditorium, SUNY Albany, Life Sciences Research Building, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York
Time: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Contact: Daniel Toomey (518) 455-2559
Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

June 2, 6:00 PM - 9:42 PM
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SENATE PASSES BILL CO-SPONSORED BY ADDABBO TO REQUIRE MORE PUBLIC NOTICE AND INPUT WITH SITING OF HOMELESS SHELTERS AND OTHER SOCIAL SERVICE FACILITIES

Queens, NY (June 1, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. applauded the recent Senate approval of legislation (S.4542) he co-sponsors, introduced by Sen. Jeff Klein, that would require a far more transparent and inclusive process – with greater public notification – when homeless shelters or other social services facilities are being located in communities throughout New York City.  

June 2, 2015
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Serino and Gibson Team Up to Speak Out Against Heroin

Serino and Gibson Team Up to Speak Out

Against Heroin

 

HYDE PARK, NY—On Thursday, Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) teamed up with special guest, Congressman Chris Gibson, to raise awareness about the severity of the heroin and prescription drug epidemic in our local communities. Working in partnership with the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (C.A.P.E), the representatives were successful in hosting the 2nd Annual Hyde Park Community Forum on Substance Abuse.

May 22, 2015
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NYS Senator Sue Serino and Special Guest Congressman Chris Gibson to Hold Public Forum on Heroin and Opiate Addiction

 

**COMMUNITY FORUM**

NYS Senator Sue Serino and Special Guest Congressman Chris Gibson to Hold Public Forum on Heroin and Opiate Addiction

Who: NYS Senator Sue Serino, Special Guest Congressman Chris Gibson, and Council on Addiction, Prevention and Education (C.A.P.E.)

What:  Public Forum on Heroin and Opiate Addiction

When: Thursday, May 21, 2015; 7:00-8:30pm

Where: Haviland Middle School; 23 Haviland Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538, United States

May 18, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Help Stop Prescription Drug Abuse By Preventing the Theft and Sale of Blank Prescription Forms

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to help stop illegal prescription drugs from entering the black market when criminals steal and sell blank prescription forms.

May 12, 2015
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Abbagail’s Law Seeks to Close Impaired Driving Loophole

Senator Ortt Sponsors Bill Named for Orleans County Girl Killed in 2009 Car Accident  

A bill sponsored by State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) could now put certain car passengers under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the hot seat. The New York State Senate today passed “Abbagail’s Law,” which would close the legal loophole that lets impaired licensed drivers supervise, or ride in a vehicle operated by, someone with a learner’s permit.

“Abbagail’s Law will save lives and deter individuals from putting children and others in unnecessary danger,” said Sen. Ortt. “Those who are not sober and in charge of supervising someone learning to drive would no longer be able to escape punishment.”

May 12, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse  Senator George Amedore, Chair  11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 12, 2015  Room 801 LOB

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN TIME 

Printed No.

Sponsor

Title

631  Refer to Finance

Carlucci

An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to establishing protocols for assisted outpatient treatment for substance abuse

May 12, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM
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Submit testimony to the Heroin Task Force

In recent years, heroin and prescription opioid abuse has plagued the nation. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans reported using heroin at least once. Further, a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 467 thousand Americans were addicted to the drug – approximately double the number of people from just 10 years earlier.

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