Issues: Drugs

Senator Kennedy Announces Expanded Access to Naloxone to Prevent Overdose and Save Lives in Bill Passed Through Senate

Senator Kennedy cosponsored bill that will help combat rising numbers of overdoses to heroin and prescription drugs.

Kennedy pushed legislation to provide family members and friends of addicts with access to overdose antidotes that save lives.

March 27, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

Panel will hold forums across the region to gather expert testimony to develop legislative action 

March 20, 2014
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JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

Panel Will Develop Recommendations to Prevent and Treat Addiction and Its Related Crimes

March 18, 2014
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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ANNOUNCES JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

For Immediate Release: March 17, 2014

Contact: Josh Fitzpatrick, (518) 455-2381, fitzpatr@nysenate.gov

March 18, 2014
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LARKIN NAMED TO NEW TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has been named to the new Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.  The task force was formed in response to the sharp rise in the use of these drugs across New York State.

March 17, 2014
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Seward Joins Task Force To Fight Rising Heroin Epidemic

ALBANY, 03/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he was named to the newly created Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The task force will examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction. 

“Heroin use has reached epidemic proportions,” said Senator Seward. “Law enforcement resources are being stretched thin, public health costs are skyrocketing, and lives are being lost. Heroin is infiltrating all social, economic, and geographic sectors of our state and we need to take definitive action to halt this ugly trend.” 

March 17, 2014
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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ANNOUNCES JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

                 SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ANNOUNCES      JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION      Panel Will Develop Recommendations to Prevent and Treat Addiction                                        and Its Related Crimes         Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing

March 17, 2014
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Senate Majority Coalition Announces Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

March 17, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS APPOINTED TO LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE TO COMBAT GROWING HEROIN CRISIS

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) has been appointed to a new legislative task force which will examine ways to combat the growing heroin crisis on Long Island and throughout New York State. 

     “Children are the number one target of the exploding heroin epidemic. Far too many young lives have been destroyed by this dangerous and deadly drug. We need to do more to stop heroin and opioids from poisoning our children. As a member of this task force, I look forward to developing new ways to protect our communities and stop this growing epidemic,” said Senator Martins.

March 17, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #11: Combating Heroin Abuse

Heroin is our newest epidemic. It’s readily available and costs less than other street drugs, which has contributed to its meteoric rise in popularity over the past year.

Heroin does not discriminate. It makes addicts out of the young and old, the rich and the poor, the unemployed and the employed.

Heroin abuse is not just a drug addict’s problem. It’s a community problem. Heroin use creates “spinoff crimes.” Addicts are shoplifting, stealing and burglarizing homes to pay for their high, which decreases everyone’s quality of life.

March 13, 2014
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Senator LaValle: Senate Moves To Punish More Drug Dealers That Prey On Children

March 7, 2014 – According to Senator LaValle, the State Senate passed legislation to increase penalties for drug dealers who sell to children.

March 7, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Drug Dealers From Preying on Children

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to increase penalties for drug dealers who sell to children.

March 5, 2014
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'Heroin addiction spikes in region' ~ Read more and find out where to get assistance

[UPDATE, June 23: Anti-heroin legislation signed into law, read more HERE]

[UPDATE, June 19: Senate goes first on approving anti-heroin package, and the Assembly follows suit later in the night, read more HERE]

February 25, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Senator Philip Boyle, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Room 813 LOB

February 4, 9:03 AM - 9:05 AM
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This weekend, Senator Bonacic visits Delaware County for Sheriff's Presentation

Senator
John Bonacic visited with friends in Delaware County for breakfast and listened
to a presentation by Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills concerning the increased
drug problems in the county and what his office is doing to combat it.

 

January 27, 2014
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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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