Saladino Calls for Real Time Drug Database

Assemblyman releases drug awareness tool kit.

Calling on parents to talk to their children about the dangers of drug use during the holiday season, , R-Massapequa, said he'd like to see the state create a database to track drug prescriptions.

At a press conference with members of Saladino's Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse task force on Wednesday, Saladino said the creation of the database is one of the most important pieces of anti-drug legislation in Albany.

Among those also in attendence were Oyster Bay Councilman Joseph Pinto and Drug Free Long Island Founder

"There are so many bills out there waiting to be passed," he said. "But we recognize the importance of a real time database that medical providers, doctors, dentists, [physician assistants], and pharmacists can check to make sure that we put a stop to doctor shoppers, drug shoppers and people who would take advantage of the system."

Saladino said that there's already a version of the database bill that's passed the state Senate, and he promised a "big push" to get a bill passed in the Assembly when the legislature returns to session in January.

"We will be trying to get a workable compromise that addresses everyone's concerns so that it's done safely, it's done correctly and effectively," he said.

Saladino also announced the release of a new pamphlet designed as a drug prevention tool for families. 

The guide, which will be mailed out to residents of his district and will be available on his website, gives warning signs of possible prescription drug and heroin use and tells how to to take precautions. 

It also lists the names and contact information of organizations that can provide help to those who take drugs.

Another part of the pamphlet can be torn off and is designed to be put on the door of medicine cabinets. It allows families to keep track of when medications are prescribed, when they are taken and their expiration dates.

"In this way you can get a handle on what's going on in your home, protect your children and stop one of the methods in which prescription drugs are getting into the hands of young people," Saladino said.

Members of the task force also urged parents to take the time to talk to their children about drugs when they're home for the holiday season.

Jamie Bogenshutz of , which hosted the press conference, said: "Any holiday is an occassion to have a conversation with your children."

Bogenshutz said parents should take any opportunity to bring up the subject, whether it be an artcle they read, a commercial or something they might have heard on the radio.

"Really just opening up the lines of communication and just starting to talk, for some parents that's a big challenge," she said. "It's not just for holidays, it's for every day."

Ken December 22, 2011 at 04:44 AM
Recently I had cause to call New York State Health Department to try to help a relative of mine in an attempt to curb her desire for opiates. They said she has to volunteer to admit herself into a program to shake the habit, or commit an offense to the law and then the law will open it's doors. I wanted to find out if she was doctor shopping- that was a fruitless endeavor. NEW YORK NEEDS A REAL TIME DRUG DATA BASE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The situation is totally out of hand. Assemblyman Saladino definitely has my endorsement.
Ken December 23, 2011 at 06:22 PM
I cannot believe mine was the only comment pertaining to this important legislation which was part of the lead story on the front page of Newsday. From the way I see it, the article must be more exciting to the general public which might include gun shots in Massapequa. Please push for this legislation now.
Kristen Ferrari December 23, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Ken, don't mistake a lack of comments with a lack of concern. I applaud Assemblyman Saladino for engaging in a conversation about drugs. It is not a concern faced only by Massapequa. My own feeling though is that printing pamphlets is not enough. Unfortunately the people with drug problems don't care about a pamphlet to hang in their medicine cabinet. I also would rather see more education when it comes to giving people the tools to deal with issues. No matter what you do or what law is passed, people who want drugs will find them. No pamphlet hanging in the medicine cabinet is going to help prevent an addict from using nor is it going to prevent drug addiction.
lm December 23, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Ken-very well put. Saladino has my endorsment as well
Madelyn Harper-Walsh December 24, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Joseph Saladino! You continue to be my hero. People do not understand what a caring wonderful person you are and I'm so proud of you for taking on this challenge. We need to stop the drugs and treat the souls who have gotten entangled in their web. Not 30 day programs that do nothing, but real programs that will change their lives. The first step is to control the distribution with this database. Thank you Joseph Saladino for being our voice!
David Rosenthal December 24, 2011 at 05:47 PM
I whole-heartedly agree with your sentiments Madelyn. This non-policed issue has been liberalized to protect the rights of people who are not in control of their own behavior. The general public feeling toward this problem is let them straighen out their own lives, without regard to their negative influence on other law abiding citizenry. Fundamentally, we do not live in a vaccuum. One instance is correlated with another. We must reach out to people in need, BEFORE they offend others. Secondly, would the main line of defense be with the doctors/ and/ or pharmacists?? Would they be mandated to check the database before issuing a script or the drug itself?
Ralph Nesberino December 26, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Opiates like oxycodine have the ability to mask serious physical and mental abnormalities for an extended period of time which does in many circumstances intensify the seriousness of the underlying problem. Thereby, making the problem harder to treat, or limit the options to NO options!! The faster the patient gets off the drugs, the faster a diagnosis can be achieved. It just might save many lives. Thank you Assemblyman Saladino. We are in back of you 110% TOB
David Rosenthal December 27, 2011 at 01:07 PM
A new form of Oxty--- ZOHYDRO- concentrated form of Oxycodone is trying to make it to market next year. If you thought Oxy was problematic- more reason to push for the new legislation..
Kristen Ferrari December 27, 2011 at 03:20 PM
What's scary is that there are people who suffer from chronic pain and some of the only drugs available to help them are highly addictive. ZOHYDRO is being touted as better than Oxy because Oxy has acetaminophen which is bad for the liver in high doses. Does anyone really think that the acetaminophen is the danger here? A database will help with the doctor shopping problem and it will even help with some of the unethical doctors, but what are we going to do with the addicts that are created?
John Rennhack February 28, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Amazing that Saladino didn't bother to mention Attorney General Schneiderman's proposed legislation from LAST JULY. http://www.ag.ny.gov/media_center/2011/jul/jul6d_11.html Saladino "calls for" something that is already moving along.
Madelyn Harper-Walsh February 28, 2012 at 11:36 AM
This has been Saladno's stand for a long time. His campaign about controling dispursement of drugs did not start with this Holiday article. Why not check out his history on the topic. We need more Saladinos in our corner.


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