Issues: Drugs

STATE ENACTS NEW MEASURE TO COMBAT BATH SALTS

A Column By Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan

Like everything in the United States, drug use and abuse has evolved alongside the ebb and flow of larger American culture. The sixties and seventies saw the rise in recreational use of marihuana and psychedelics like LSD. Later cocaine become a popular substance of choice, and along with it, the development of crack cocaine – a compound so addictive and destructive that many communities are still struggling to recover from the crack epidemic of the late eighties and early nineties that devastated neighborhoods and urban centers across the country. More recently, we have experienced an increase in heroin and synthetic opioid use along with designer drugs like ecstasy and methamphetamine.

September 27, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS: STATE TAKES ACTION AGAINST DANGEROUS BATH SALTS, BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

A new law is on the books aimed at stopping the sale and use of deadly “bath salts,” a type of illicit drug recently connected to the deaths of young party-goers in New York City, as well as other deaths around the country. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, use of bath salts in the United States has increased significantly since 2010.

Bath salts--man-made drugs similar to methamphetamines--can cause heart attacks, seizures, permanent brain damage and severe hallucinations. An individual's behavior on bath salts often turns violent, leading them to harm themselves and/or others.

September 16, 2013
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Public Hearing: Heroin and Prescription Drug Epidemic on Long Island and its Impact on Long Island’s Youth

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug AbuseChair: Senator Phil BoylePublic Hearing: Heroin and Prescription Drug Epidemic on Long Island and its Impact on Long Island’s YouthPlace: Van Nostrand Theater, Suffolk County Community College, SagtikosArt and Science Building, Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Christine Geed (631) 665-2311Media Contact: Christine Geed (631) 665-2311ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

November 13, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Rid Bronx of Violent Nightclubs

HUNTS POINT, NY – Standing in front of the infamous nightclub, Club Eleven, in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx, Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo announced legislation passed by both houses in the state legislature that would close the information gap between the New York Police Department and State Liquor Authority when it comes to crimes committed at bars, nightclubs and restaurants with liquor licenses.

September 4, 2013
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Senator Lee Zeldin Hosts Successful Shed Your Meds Campaign

PATCHOGUE—Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) hosted a successful Shed Your Meds campaign last night through the Suffolk County Police Department’s Operation Medicine Cabinet. 

Operation Medicine Cabinet is a long term program that allows residents to anonymously drop off their unused, unwanted or expired medications in secure receptacles located within all seven Suffolk County precincts. 

“The abuse of prescription drugs is well documented and has reached a point of crisis here on Long Island and across the nation,” said Senator Zeldin. “Operation Medicine Cabinet plays a critical role in combating that abuse by providing community members with a secure way to dispose of their unused prescription drugs. ”

August 20, 2013
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Pot Arrests in NY Vary By Race (Source: Democrat & Chronicle)

Source: Democrat & Chronicle

Albany, NY - Black New Yorkers are nearly five times more likely to be arrested on low-level marijuana possession charges than whites, and the disparity is much wider in the state’s most populous counties, a report Thursday found.

June 17, 2013
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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 today.

June 13, 2013
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GALLIVAN, SENATE PASS NEW PENALTIES FOR AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE

Legislation Responds To Tragically Similar Cases In Buffalo, Rochester Areas

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District), Chair of the Senate’s Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee, announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4772) to increase penalties for those who commit vehicular manslaughter and have a history of serially driving under the influence.                                          

June 13, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO BAN SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA AND BATH SALTS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to address the threat posed to the public by “legal” but dangerous drugs. The bill (S1686) criminalizes the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and “bath salts.”

Synthetic marijuana or “fake pot” are herbs sprayed with chemicals called “synthetic cannabinoids.” These products -- including Spice, K2, Cloud 9 and Black 9 -- have dangerous side effects, including rapid heart rate, tremors, loss of consciousness and hallucinations. “Bath salts,” or “substituted cathinones,” are chemically related to methamphetamines or ecstasy and cause harmful physical and psychological reactions.

June 12, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Ban Synthetic Marijuana and Bath Salts

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to address the threat posed to the public by “legal” but dangerous drugs.

June 11, 2013
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Senate Approves Bill To Prevent Intoxicated Drivers From Avoiding Prosecution

The New York State Senate passed legislation today to prevent drunk and drugged drivers from evading prosecution. The legislation would allow law enforcement to seek court orders to compel whenever suspected drunk or drugged drivers refuse to submit to a chemical intoxication test.Chemical tests, such as breath, blood and urine tests, determine a suspected drunk or drugged driver’s level of intoxication. Chemical tests are a critical piece of evidence used in a trial to prosecute a drunk or drugged driver for their crimes.   

June 11, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Phil Boyle, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Room 813 LOB

June 4, 9:00 AM - 9:03 AM
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Senate Passes Mandatory DWI Testing After Serious Accidents

Chemical Tests Would Be Required If Injury or Death OccursThe New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help increase prosecution of dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill (S1446) would require chemical testing of drivers suspected of being under the influence when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.

May 30, 2013
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SYNTHETIC LEGISLATION CLOSES LEGAL LOOPHOLES

Bill Would Penalize Dealers, Users of Synthetics

to Prevent Further Addiction, Deaths

State Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Will Barclay and Assemblyman Bob Oakes have announced the introduction of comprehensive legislation addressing synthetic drugs in New York State. 

At a recent press conference announcing the legislation was Teresa Woolson and her family, who are advocating for strengthening laws regarding synthetic drug use.  Woolson’s son, Victor, lost his battle with drugs in 2012 and died from injuries related to synthetic drug use.  He died after federal legislation and the New York State Department of Health ban was put in place.

May 29, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES MEASURE TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR SELLING DRUGS IN PARKS OR ON PLAYGROUNDS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported the New York State Senate recently passed a bill increasing penalties for people who sell drugs in playgrounds and parks. The bill (S.2173A) would further protect kids and their families from the dangers of people who prey on children.

Current New York State law penalizes people who sell drugs on school grounds or day-care centers and this bill expands that to include parks and playgrounds. Drug dealers who target children are especially dangerous to society and should be subjected to stiffer penalties for selling or trying to sell drugs to children in this manner. This legislation takes the next step in targeting drug dealers who lurk in parks and playgrounds in an effort to take advantage of children.

May 29, 2013
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Senate Passes Measure to Increase Penalties for Selling Drugs in Parks or on Playgrounds

The New York State Senate today passed a bill increasing penalties for people who sell drugs in playgrounds and parks.

May 23, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Phil Boyle, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Room 813 LOB

May 7, 9:00 AM - 9:03 AM
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Drive Up And Drop Off Your Unwanted Prescription Drugs At Senator Phil Boyle's Shed The Meds Program

Shed The Meds Program Sponsored By Senator Phil Boyle

Drive up and drop off any expired or no longer used prescription medications. They will be safely disposed of by the US Drug Enforcement Agency who will be on hand for the collection.

"Disposing of medications down your toilet or sink may cause danger to our local waterways and precious water supply.  Please help us dispose of these substances safely by participating in our Shed The Meds program," Senator Boyle said.

April 27, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Teen Drug Awareness Program

Senator Phil Boyle is partnering with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Task Force and the Youth Enrichment Services program for an important community meeting to help increase awareness about the dangers associated with drug abuse and the growing heroin epidemic facing Long Island teens.

Some of the topics that will be addressed at the meeting include:

April 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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