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Wayne County communities host drug take back sites this Saturday

What is becoming an annual event in Wayne County and across the United States, residents are urged to bring their unused prescription medications to a local drop off site this Saturday, April 29th. The Drug Enforcement Administration has developed a national take-back initiative, creating the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and... more

Opiate crisis takes center stage at Ontario County summit

Remember the days when teens would get some alcohol on the sly, meet at the home of a kid whose parents were out of town and have a party? That still happens, but what has become more likely these days is another sort of party that is producing the next generation of drug addicts. “They are called ‘pill parties.’ This... more

NY Senate OKs package of bills aimed at opioid, heroin use

The New York state Senate has passed a new collection of bills aimed at battling the state’s increasing rates of opioid and heroin abuse. The Senate on Monday passed eight bills to staunch heroin, opioid and synthetic drug use that lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have declared a statewide crisis.  Six measures target the use of synthetic or designer drug... more

Drug deaths surge again upstate

The number of drug-related deaths in New York’s suburbs and upstate soared a whopping 84 percent between 2010 and 2015, a new report found. Fueled by a surge in heroin abuse, New York had a remarkable spike in overdoses over the six-year period: Deaths rose 71 percent, according to analysis of federal data by The Rockefeller Institute of Government. And... more

Cayuga Sheriff’s Office will hold safety seat event

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould says that members of his department and the Sheriff’s Benevolent Association will be partnering with the Auburn Elks Lodge No. 474 on Sunday, May 21st to offer free child safety seat inspections. The event will be held from 11 am until 2 pm and will be located at the Cayuga County Highway Garage located at... more

NY health care providers to push for supervised drug sites

A group of health care providers, drug reform advocates and former users is launching a new effort to bring supervised drug consumption centers to New York state. The facilities allow drug addicts to shoot up or consume their drugs in a safe, secure location under the supervision of medical personnel who can intervene in the event of an overdose. Similar... more

Drug Take Back day in Seneca County

On Saturday, April 29th, 2017, The Seneca County Sheriff”s Office will conduct another Drug Take Back Day. From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM deputies will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications for destruction. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked and no paperwork to complete. Citizens may drop off these drugs at the Seneca County Law... more

FLACRA Peer Advocates helping others through minefield of addiction

In early 2016, Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency (FLACRA) began a new program to help recovering addicts maintain their sobriety with the coaching and support of fellow addicts — addicts who have attained a level of commitment to their own sobriety and who have been trained to help others negotiate a path through the pitfalls of recovery. Certified... more

Auburn police to collect unused prescription drugs for disposal

Those who may have expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs will have an opportunity to safely dispose of them through a program with the Auburn Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration called Take Back Day. The free service will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 29 at Kinney Drugs, 62 Owasco St., Auburn. People can... more

Seneca Falls PD to host ‘Drug Take Back’ day on April 29

The Seneca Falls Police Department will be hosting a Drug Take Back day, following the trend of many local municipalities and law enforcement agencies. On Saturday, April 29th from 10 am to 2 pm the Seneca Falls Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 13th opportunity in seven years to prevent abuse of drugs. Residents... more

Finger Lakes gets $12m from NY to fight heroin epidemic

The Finger Lakes region is getting $12 million from New York State to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic. The funding was announced after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation that gives $213 million to New York State to combat heroin. The funding will help support prevention, treatment and recovery programs. The programs will target chemical dependency, public awareness and... more

NY requires infertility coverage for all

New York’s health insurers will be required to provide coverage for fertility treatment regardless of marital status or sexual orientation, according to new state guidelines. The state Department of Financial Services unveiled the new guidelines Wednesday, circulating a letter to insurers across the state making clear that they can’t restrict fertility-related coverage if the patient otherwise qualifies. “All women who... more

Auburn Community Hospital implements new Narcan program

Once a day, at least, someone suffering a drug overdose ends up in the Emergency Department of Auburn Community Hospital. Those who overdose on heroin or some other opiate often stop breathing, said Chief of Emergency Medicine Dr. Patsy Iannolo. It only takes five to 10 minutes of poor breathing before someone becomes brain dead, he added. Family members or... more

Cayuga Health Department: Immunizations important to infant health

Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age 2 is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles. Most parents choose the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Health care professionals remain parents’ most trusted source of information about vaccines for their children. They play a serious role in supporting parents in understanding and... more

‘Robot’ disinfects Thompson hospital rooms

It looks like something out of a science fiction movie, but officials and employees at F.F. Thompson Hospital are singing the praises of a cleaning “robot” that uses ultraviolet light to destroy pathogens associated with hospital-acquired infections. The R-D Rapid Disinfector has been used since last September by UR Medicine’s Thompson Health, which includes the hospital and M.M. Ewing Continuing... more

Ontario County Jail launch Vivitrol program

Though the months have progressed, numbers at the Ontario County Jail show that the struggle with opioid addiction remains the same among a significant portion of the inmate population. Ontario County Chief Corrections Officer Alice Haskins said last September that the numbers of those incarcerated affected by drug or alcohol abuse was around 80 percent. That percentage holds steady today,... more

Seneca Falls unveils drug collection box for unwanted meds

Thanks to a grant the Town of Seneca Falls now has a drug collection unit, which will be housed at the Seneca Falls Municipal Building located at 130 Ovid St. It’s part of the CVS Health’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. The unit will sit in the Police Department lobby and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally... more

FLACRA Peer Advocates; helping others through the minefield of addiction

In early 2016, Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency (FLACRA) began a new program to help recovering addicts maintain their sobriety with the coaching and support of fellow addicts; addicts who have attained a level of commitment to their own sobriety, and who have been trained to help others negotiate a path through the pitfalls of recovery. Certified Recovery... more
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