prescription drugs http://wrvo.org en The heroin epidemic: how it's impacting upstate New York http://wrvo.org/post/heroin-epidemic-how-its-impacting-upstate-new-york <p><strong>This forum aired on Sunday, July 20 at 7 p.m. </strong></p><p></p><p>Heroin is the latest illegal drug to become a scourge on communities in upstate New York and throughout the nation -- and it feels like it happened overnight.</p><p>What is causing this rise in heroin abuse? In part in can be linked to widespread abuse of painkillers and an effort to clamp down on them. Who is using it and how does it affect those who use it? Whether it's actor Philip Seymour Hoffman or SUNY Oswego students, heroin is impacting a wide range of socioeconomic groups.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:31:21 +0000 Leah Landry 58015 at http://wrvo.org The heroin epidemic: how it's impacting upstate New York Schumer calls for new heroin abuse tracking database http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-new-heroin-abuse-tracking-database <p></p><p>With heroin abuse raging among young adults and in rural communities, New York's senior senator is calling for a new state-wide database to be created so local law enforcement agencies can better track the drug's use.</p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says a database for heroin hospitalizations and arrests would be the first in the nation.&nbsp;</p><p>"The problem is that the increase in heroin abuse - it was going down for a long time, now it’s going up - so we have to catch up," Schumer told reporters Wednesday.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:29:27 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52247 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for new heroin abuse tracking database Schumer urges DEA to ease drug take-back restrictions http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-urges-dea-ease-drug-take-back-restrictions <p></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:04:09 +0000 Ellen Abbott 45983 at http://wrvo.org Schumer urges DEA to ease drug take-back restrictions The I-STOP law: an assemblyman's push to solve a big problem http://wrvo.org/post/i-stop-law-assemblymans-push-solve-big-problem <p>Prescription drugs can be helpful to those that need them. But for others they can be dangerous or even deadly. This week on “Take Care,” we talk to <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michael-Cusick/bio/">New York State Assemblyman Michael Cusick</a>, the lead sponsor behind <a href="http://www.ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/press-releases/2012/ISTOP%20REPORT%20FINAL%201.10.12.pdf">a piece of legislation called I-STOP, or Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing</a>, which is intended to serve as a national model to end prescription painkiller abuse.</p><p><strong>Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Assemblyman Cusick.</strong></p><p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 23:01:00 +0000 Take Care Staff 43042 at http://wrvo.org The I-STOP law: an assemblyman's push to solve a big problem The I-STOP law: a doctor worries for his patients http://wrvo.org/post/i-stop-law-doctor-worries-his-patients <p>The <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michael-Cusick/story/49506/">new I-STOP law passed by the New York State Legislature</a> is aimed at reducing the amount of overdoses on prescription painkillers; although some groups worry it might do more harm than good. This week on “Take Care,” we talk to <a href="http://www.hoacny.com/our_staff.html?parent_id=62696&amp;item_id=62831">Dr. Joseph Navone</a>, president of the Upstate New York Society of Medical Oncology and Hematology, a group that specializes in pain and pain relief for patients.</p><p><strong>Click 'Read More' to hear out interview with Dr. Joseph Navone.</strong></p><p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Take Care Staff 43043 at http://wrvo.org The I-STOP law: a doctor worries for his patients I-STOP law poses opportunities, concerns about implementation http://wrvo.org/post/i-stop-law-poses-opportunities-concerns-about-implementation <p></p><p>The tragedies caused by prescription drug abuse, addictions, overdoses and ruined lives are not unique to New York state, but Assemblyman Michael Cusick realized a couple years ago that Staten Island, where his district is located, could be considered the epicenter of the problem.</p><p>“We have numbers that are staggering of people overdosing from prescription drugs and the theft of prescription drugs," Cusick said. "The misuse is rampant here on Staten Island."</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:03:35 +0000 Catherine Loper 43114 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for curbing of hydrocodone prescriptions http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-curbing-hydrocodone-prescriptions <p>Sen. Charles Schumer is continuing his assault on the misuse of prescription drugs with a proposal to tighten control over the painkiller hydrocodone. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:05:19 +0000 Ellen Abbott 37016 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for curbing of hydrocodone prescriptions NY lawmakers approve electronic drug prescriptions bill http://wrvo.org/post/ny-lawmakers-approve-electronic-drug-prescriptions-bill <p>New York state lawmakers have approved legislation requiring doctors to issue drug prescriptions electronically within three years.</p><p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:48:35 +0000 Catherine Loper 20790 at http://wrvo.org NY lawmakers approve electronic drug prescriptions bill