A bill introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that increases the penalty for criminal sale of a controlled substance to minors under the age of 14 has passed the Senate with wide bi-partisan support.
In Nassau County, Heroin use has been on the increase in recent years so much so that it has been called an epidemic. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice have announced a war against the drug with a priority on raising awareness to the problem.
The picture says it all! Cars drove up in a steady stream and dropped off old prescriptions drugs under yet another sponsored program by State Senator Jack Martins called "Shed the Meds!" The community effort was a huge success this past Saturday hosting hundreds who drove their cars to the Alva T. Stanforth parking lot in Elmont and dropped off old prescription drugs. Senator Martins and volunteers greeted residents as they pulled their cars up and dropped off old medicines for disposal. The program, according to local officials, was an outstanding success.
With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers.
Senate action on the bills, sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I - Garden City), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, and Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), followed roundtable discussion on the issue of abuse of prescription painkillers. This was a second in a series of public meetings discussing legislation to combat prescription drug abuse and to examine improving New York’s prescription reporting system.
In response to the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse, the state Senate passed legislation that would make significant changes to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State.
The bill (S7637), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, Chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, includes “real time” prescription tracking to provide more information to doctors and pharmacists, in an effort to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers.
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.
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.
Legislation Would Give Parents New Options to Get Treatment for their Children & Increase Education for Teens
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored to address the growing heroin epidemic on Long Island and throughout New York State. The bills would give parents new resources to get treatment for their children and increase education for teens about the dangers of heroin and drug abuse.