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Counties to Offer Drug Treatment Programs

Governor Pataki defended the lack of progress in achieving reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, at an announcement to expand drug treatment programs to 17 counties and New York City. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Survey: Uninsured New Yorkers Hurt by High Prices for Prescriptions

A study by consumer groups finds that New Yorkers who don't have health insurance pay more money for prescription drugs that state residents enrolled in Medicaid or private managed care -- and they're making bad health care decisions as a result. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Proposes Changes in Drug Laws

Governor George Pataki has released a plan to reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws that he says could rapidly free thousands of prisoners sentenced to long jail terms for non-violent drug offenses. The announcement gained the Governor new support from one leader in the African-American community, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and criticism from other Democrats. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

2003 Legislative Session Ends

As the legislative session ended last night, most major issues remained unresolved, despite hours of last minute talks by Governor Pataki and legislative leaders, and even, a hip-hop music entrepreneur. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki, Legislature Work on Backlog Before Adjournment

The New York State legislative session is scheduled to end later this month, and Governor George Pataki is working with legislative leaders to try to resolve some remaining issues, including renewing the rent regulations and reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
North Country seniors give Glaxo the "Tums Down" in Potsdam.
North Country seniors give Glaxo the "Tums Down" in Potsdam.

NY Seniors Want Cheaper Drugs, Boycott Glaxo

As the cost of prescription drugs skyrockets, senior citizens who need them to survive are increasingly looking North. The Canadian International Pharmacy Association estimates more than a million Americans bought their drugs in Canada last year. They can cost a third the price of the same drug sold in the U.S. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is vowing to crack down on the practice. One of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, GlaxoSmithKline, has stopped selling to Canadian pharmacies that do business with Americans. In response, senior citizen groups across the country are boycotting some of Glaxo's products. David Sommerstein reports on one such protest in Potsdam.  Go to full article

Communities That Care Idea Spreads to St. Lawrence County

A youth survey in 2001 showed high rates of alcohol use among students in 16 districts throughout St. Lawrence County. The survey was given to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. The results confirmed what local health officials basically knew already, that alcohol use and abuse is a continuing problem in the county. To address the risks of alcohol, drug and other teen problem behaviors, local representatives from human service agencies, law enforcement and education began training in the Communities That Care initiative. Martha Foley talks with Pam Whittet, Assistant Superintendent of the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and chairwoman of the Community Board.  Go to full article

Commentary: Recreational Drug Use

Recreational use of drugs in America is widespread, and a majority of Americans have not lived in any other kind of world. Commentator Paul Willcott did, and doesn't regret it.  Go to full article

Golisano Unveils Plan for Legalized Medical Marijuana

The most conservative candidate in the race for governor has come out with a plan to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The announcements by businessman Tom Golisano, comes as the Independence Party's candidate gained ground in a new poll. Karen Dewitt has details.  Go to full article

3rd Parties Talk Decriminalization

Several third party candidates for governor of New York, from the most liberal to the most conservative, are talking about at least the possibility of decriminalizing some types of illegal drugs. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

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