Issues: Drugs

State senators seek answers for heroin epidemic

By Kristin Clark, Oneida Dispatch/Rome Observer

POSTED: 04/16/14, 3:29 PM EDT 

UTICA>> Heroin and other opioid addiction is on the rise in New York. On Tuesday, the Senate Joint Task Force held a forum at the State Office Building in Utica.

The panel was led by Senator Joe Griffo and Senator Phil Boyle, who is also the chairman of the task force and Senator Dave Valesky. This was the third of 12 sessions throughout the state, which is designed to brainstorm ideas for legislation that they can take to Albany before the current session ends in June.

April 30, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Announces Action to Combat the Rising Heroin Crisis

Legislation Would Increase Penalties for the Sale of Opioids; Provide Local Rehabilitation Services; Extend Insurance Coverage; Reduce Overdoses and Teen Heroin Abuse

April 29, 2014
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Senator Krueger, Assemblymember Peoples-Stokes Hold Public Forum on NYS Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act

Sen. Krueger and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) today held a public forum at the state Capitol on their Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA; S. 6005 / A. 8341) and the need for marijuana law reform in New York State. The forum was held in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building, and featured testimony from advocates and policy experts representing community, law enforcement, and health policy perspectives.

April 29, 2014
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April 28, 2014
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Senate Passes Legislation Increasing Penalties for Methamphetamine Manufacture

ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York State Senate passed legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that would increase the penalties for manufacturing methamphetamine. The growing use and manufacture of this illegal and highly addictive drug  is particularly pervasive in rural counties in Upstate New York.

April 28, 2014
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Senate Bill Creates Harsher Penalties for Methamphetamine Production

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to reduce the number of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories, which pose dangerous threats to public health and safety.

April 28, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference To Unveil Legislative Package To Combat Heroin Epidemic

The Senate Democratic Conference will announce the introduction of six bills to combat the growing heroin epidemic impacting communities throughout New York State. These six pieces of legislation will  increase penalties for selling opioids that result in death, equip first responders with overdose-stopping drugs, require health insurance providers to cover rehabilitation and anti-addiction medications, create a teen heroin abuse PSA campaign and provide opioid rehabilitation services in communities.

April 28, 2014
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STORIES OF LOSS, SOLUTIONS FOR FIGHTING BACK SHARED AT RITCHIE HEROIN ABUSE FORUM

More than a dozen individuals including reformed addicts, treatment experts and law enforcement officials from Central and Northern New York shared experiences and solutions for fighting back against heroin abuse at Senator Ritchie’s forum on heroin and opioid addiction, held Friday in Watertown.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF THE NORTH COUNTRY FORUM

April 25, 2014
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Senator Kathy Marchione hosts successful community forum at Hudson Valley Community College on overcoming heroin abuse and addicition

Today’s (Wednesday, April 23, 2014) community forum at Hudson Valley Community College, hosted by Senator Kathy Marchione (pictured center), on preventing heroin and opioid addiction featured an expert panel and was well-attended with approximately 300 people filling the college’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium and a nearby overflow room. Photo credit: Konrad Odhiambo, Hudson Valley Community College.

April 23, 2014
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SURGE IN HEROIN IS FOCUS OF FRIDAY FORUM IN WATERTOWN

Bipartisan Senate Task Force Gathering Experts to Tackle Growing Problem

In an effort to fight the growing problem of heroin usage, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she will host a public forum on heroin and opioid addiction in Watertown on Friday, April 25th. 

April 22, 2014
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Senator Valesky Attends Forum on Heroin and Opioid Abuse

Yesterday, Senator David J. Valesky joined colleagues Senator Joseph Griffo and Senator Phil Boyle in Utica at a forum of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The task force is examining the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and will develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

April 16, 2014
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Public Forum on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

I hosted a public forum on heroin and opioid addiction with my colleagues in the State Legislature Senator Phil Boyle and Assemblyman Mark Johns. We heard compelling testimony from drug addiction and prevention experts, law enforcement professionals and families who have been touched by addiction. We are committed to ending this growing problem that has taken countless lives across New York State. My sincere thanks to everyone who shared their stories and to those who attended today.

April 15, 2014
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Seward To Host Senate Task Force On Heroin

ONEONTA, 04/14/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he will be hosting the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction on Monday, April 28 in Oneonta.  The forum is one of twelve being held statewide to solicit local input on the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

April 14, 2014
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