Thomas F. O'mara's posts related to Controlled Substances

O'Mara online poll: Will new anti-heroin laws help?

Elmira, N.Y., June 27—Now that New York State has enacted a comprehensive set of new anti-heroin laws, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) is giving residents of his 58th Senate District the chance to let him know if they think the new laws will help stop heroin’s spread. 


Anti-heroin awareness, training session set for September 24th in Corning

Corning, N.Y., September 18—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, today reminded area educators, law enforcement agencies, medical and other professionals, and concerned community residents that the Center for Community Education and Training at Alfred State College will conduct an extensive, four-hour heroin awareness and training program in Corning on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.


Steuben County drug tip line leads to another meth lab bust ~ Read more

It's been a constant topic on these pages over the past several years: the resurgence of meth across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.  Meth's rise has been accompanied more recently by a resurgence of heroin abuse. 

We've stressed that it's going to take a multi-pronged approach to combat the spread of these drugs, one that includes tougher laws and law enforcement, prevention and treatment, and, equally important, heightened community awareness and education.

Earlier this week, for example, the Steuben County Drug Tip Line led to another meth lab bust.  Read more from:


State begins 'Combat Heroin' campaign called for under new anti-heroin laws approved earlier this year

Elmira, N.Y., September 23—A new state law co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) earlier this year was set in motion yesterday with the announcement of a  new “Combat Heroin” campaign to help educate and inform the public about the dangers of heroin and prescription opioid use.


September 30th 'Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention' in Yates County ~ Open to the public, find out more here

A "Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention" is scheduled for Tuesday, September 30, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Penn Yan Academy Auditorium.  

Tuesday's forum has been organized by the Yates County Substance Abuse Coalition and will feature several guest speakers including Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike.

The public is invited to attend.

Read and listen to more on Finger Lakes News Radio HERE.


The latest meth warning from the State Police: 'Meth danger along highways in NY'

From Gannett News, October 10, 2014: "Amateur chemists synthesizing methamphetamine are creating more than just the potent final product craved by addicts seeking their next frenzied high.

Along with the purified formulation of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that makes up the drug known as meth or speed, the manufacturing process involves noxious precursors and remnants that all too often get littered across roadways and open spaces across New York state, creating dangers and expenses borne by the public.


Recent anti-heroin forum in Dundee drew more than 100 residents ~ See an update on New York State's 'Combat Heroin' public awareness campaign

On January 28th in Dundee, more than 100 residents attended a community forum on the heroin crisis.

Read more about this forum on the, "Heroin forum: 'Cheap, addicting and deadly'"  


O'Mara's legislation targets meth labs

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) is continuing to urge the Legislature to crack down on clandestine methamphetamine labs locally and across the state, and has reintroduced legislation to significantly increase the criminal penalties for manufacturing meth. 

The Senate has approved O’Mara’s proposal for the past few years, including last year when it was approved with strong bipartisan support by a vote of  55 to 4.    


O'Mara legislation seeks to bolster local Medicaid fraud investigations ~ also see today's news, 'Schuyler County fights benefit fraud, saves $1M'

Albany, N.Y., February 27 —State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he is co-sponsoring legislation to restore the incentive for local governments to combat abuse, fraud and waste in New York’s $60-billion-plus system of Medicaid.