Tag Archive: Long Island

If you don’t live in New York, it’s quite possible that you’ve never heard of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.


But Schneiderman has become the biggest force against prescription drug abuse in 2012. He issued a 42-page report that documents the year-to-year increase in the number of hydrocodone and oxycodone prescriptions being written in New York State, as well as prescription drug-related addiction and death.

Among the highlights of the report cited by Buffalonews.com:

• There were enough prescription painkillers prescribed in the United States in 2010 to medicate every American adult round-the-clock for a month. In New York State, the number of prescriptions for all narcotic painkillers increased from 16.6 million in 2007 to 22.4 million in 2010.

• The number of prescriptions issued in the state for hydrocodone increased by 16.7 percent from 2007 to 2010. The number of oxycodone prescriptions during that period increased by 82 percent. Both drugs are opioid painkillers, with oxycodone being much stronger than hydrocodone.

• Hospital admissions on Long Island for prescription drug addiction increased by 57 percent in Nassau County and by 40 percent in Suffolk County from 2007 to 2010.

• In Buffalo area hospitals, more people are being admitted for prescription narcotics abuse than for cocaine or heroin.

• In New York City, the special narcotics prosecutor’s caseload involving prescription drug cases increased from 6% in 2007, to 15 percent in 2010. That office also reported that the black market prescription drug trade is becoming increasingly violent.

This is the shift seen across America.

New York Massapequa’s Assemblyman Joseph Saladino has set up a new task force to combat heroin and prescription drug abuse.

The press conference included the mothers of two recent drug induced fatalities.

You can see a video montage from the press event by clicking HERE.

It is a hotly debated proposal.   A new bill would require parents to
drug test their children in order to keep them in school.   Long Island
lawmaker Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa)  introduced the
bill this week.   The bill would force parents to sign a statement
swearing they had tested their children annually.   The students tested
would be high schoolers, grades 9th through 12th.   The results would
not be relayed to school administrators.

The Teensavers Team
applauds Saladino for his efforts.  After all, parents who discover that
their child is using a substance, can help correct the problem.
Oftentimes, a teenagers habit becomes a full blown addiction before
loved ones find out.   Treating the problem at that point can be

While we always encourage parents to use drug tests to
help ensure that their kids are clean, there are a few problems we see
with this bill.  First, testing only once a year doesn’t do a whole
lot.   If you test your teen in January, they have another 10 months of
potential substance abuse.    The key to home drug testing is regular
and random.   Your teen should know that they could be tested at any
time, but at no specific time.  This also helps prevent a kid from
possessing substitute urine or a masking agent handy.

The other
problem we have with the bill is that it starts with 8th grades.
14-years-old is not the entry age for drug use.   SAMHSA stats say that
2500 children experiement with drugs for the first time every day, and
some of them are as young as 8-years-old.   This policy would work
better for children grades 6th and up.    Now you are looking at 11 and
12-year-olds, who may just be experimenting with marijuana or other
controlled substances.   Early detection is key when trying to cutoff a
growing drug problem.  By high school, kids have more means to find
masking agents, or find someone to provide them with a urine sample.

Teensavers believes that Saladino is on the right path.   He told CBS2 in New York,

“We want to make sure that parents have the tools
they need to determine if there’s an addiction problem with a serious
drug — we’re talking heroin, barbiturates, opiates — the kinds of drugs
that lead to death,” Saladino said.

He claimed the bill is designed to assist parents.

a teen becomes 18-years-old, they’re an adult, and parents lose all
control of the situation and are not able to get them into rehab,” Saladino said. “This helps parents identify the problem early.”

believe Saladino is working towards a great plan to help keep kids off
drugs.   What we are proud to see is that he responded after a series of
heroin deaths in his community.   Many lawmakers are not doing much to
help fight this surging drug problem.

Hopefully Saladino can wake up the parents of these kids, and let them know that this threat is for real.