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April 28 will be National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

State Senator Tom O’Mara, a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, reminded area residents that Saturday, April 28, 2018 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Law enforcement agencies across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will operate drop-off centers to allow for the safe and responsible disposal of unused prescription drugs. “It’s incredibly... more

Tompkins opts to dismiss Human Rights Director Karen Baer

Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino has decided to dismiss Karen Baer, director of the Office of Human Rights, effective immediately. Molino’s determination was sent to Baer on Monday. In a letter to Baer, which The Ithaca Voice acquired through a freedom of information request, Molino said he chose to terminate Baer because of her failure to participate in an official... more

Mental health satellite office opens inside Wayne Central High

Last month, students at Wayne Central School District held a walk-in to support the victims of the Florida school shootings. Now, the district is making a big move to help its own, students here who are anxious or depressed. “This is the right step to take,” said Superintendent Mathis Calvin, III. The school shootings left such an impression that Wayne... more

Poll: Most New Yorkers blaming doctors for current opioid epidemic

New Yorkers are blaming doctors who over-prescribe opioids as the most responsible contributor for the current opioid crisis, according to a new Siena College poll. The poll, released on Sunday, found that 80 percent of statewide residents believe that allowing patients too many pain pills, along with pharmaceutical companies promoting legal drugs without fully warning about risks are either "somewhat... more

Despite waiver, lack of detox beds leave some with nowhere to go

The opioid epidemic is showing no signs of easing, even as Monroe County has only 25 detox beds. This is despite the fact the state eased the requirements for hospitals last month, allowing them to create more detox beds. That is a source of frustration for David Attridge of Recovery Now NY. He wants to see more detox beds. “It’s... more

$161M project breaks ground at Canandaigua VA

A groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center marked the kickoff of a $161 million project to give veterans across the region a modern, state-of-the art outpatient clinic and related upgrades. Gathered under the pavilion overlooking the VA courtyard and area where the new 84,200-square-foot clinic will be housed were many involved with the project. They included members... more

Cornell awarded $650,000 grant to fight opioid abuse

The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, was awarded a three-year $650,000 grant to respond to the opioid epidemic. The funds come from the William T. Grant Foundation's first Institutional Challenge Grant and were awarded to combat increasing rates of opioid abuse and child maltreatment in low-income, rural communities in... more

State issues warning for synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison

Officials in New York are warning hospital emergency rooms about a new form of synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison that is linked to cases of uncontrolled bleeding. The state issued the warning on Monday. Officials say that while authorities haven't found the substance in New York yet, cases of severe and life-threatening bleeding have been reported in five states:... more

Reed visits GCH to learn more about telehealth

Tom Reed stopped by Geneva Community Health March 29 for a visit. Like all patients to the upper Washington Street facility, he entered through the waiting area. On his way to a presentation involving telehealth technologies, the Corning Republican, who represents the 23rd district, stopped to talk with a young boy who was sitting patiently, waiting with his mom. FL... more

Urgent Care expands hours in Geneva to better serve community

If you think Geneva’s Urgent Care, located at 789 Pre-Emption Road in Finger Lakes Health Commons is an overall positive for the community — then there’s some good news on the way. Finger Lakes Health announced that weekend hours are expanding, and will now feature 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. operation. That means the entire week will see 12 hour... more

Canandaigua crowd hears lowdown on Lyme

More than 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease occur each year, but only a fraction of those get reported to health officials. “Most cases of Lyme are out of sight,” said Dr. Elizabeth Maloney, a Minnesota family physician who addressed more than 200 people Thursday at The Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua. The Finger Lakes region is prime for... more

Healthy communities expert suggests ways to improve Auburn’s walkability

Along with tobacco use and poor nutrition, lack of exercise is the leading cause of chronic diseases in the United States. It's estimated that only 10-percent of American adults get a recommended 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Public health, planning and transportation consultant Mark Fenton shared those statistics with representatives from ARISE, Cayuga Community Health Network, HealtheConnections, Cayuga... more

Thompson Health offering Parkinson’s speech therapy

When most people think of Parkinson’s disease, the image of celebrities such as Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox — and their visible tremors — often comes to mind. Another motor function affected by Parkinson’s is speech. To that end, UR Medicine Thompson Health is offering a therapy designed to help patients keep a strong, clear voice. FL Times: Read... more

Seneca County tops state in cirrhosis deaths

While statistics show Seneca County has the highest cirrhosis death rate in the state, county public health officials said progress is being made to combat the issue. The numbers from the state Department of Health reflect deaths from 2013-15 based on the number of deaths in each county per 100,000 residents. The state average is 7.8 deaths per year over... more

Substance abuse, suicide prevention efforts to take center stage at trio of events in Seneca County

The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Substance Abuse Coalition, a joint-effort between Seneca County and the United Way of Seneca County announced three events, which will gather community input on a host of difficult issues impacting residents across the region. The sessions will provide the community with opportunity to engage with local leaders on addiction, overdose, suicide, bullying,... more

Department of Health, Office for the Aging ecstatic after move to ‘Seneca County Health and Senior Services Building’

Seneca County Public Health, Environmental Health, and Office for the Aging have a new home. It’s been a lengthy process — years in the making, in fact — but all three agencies now have new homes. The offices are still based in Waterloo, but are major upgrades from their previous facilities. Before the move to the newly-renovated Seneca County Health... more

ARISE, Bizzari offer conflicting accounts of why mental health clinic won’t open in Auburn

A longtime central New York organization and Cayuga County's director of community services have conflicting accounts to explain why a satellite mental health office supported by a $750,000 grant will not be opening in Auburn. ARISE, with the support of a $750,000 award from the Central New York Care Collaborative, proposed expanding its mental health services by opening a satellite... more

HACKERS PAID: Finger Lakes Health pays ‘ransom’ to bring systems back after breach

Lara Turbide called it an effort to move ‘quickly’ past the incident, which made headlines throughout the last seven days – since a data breach was discovered last Sunday. The FBI is investigating the matter, but officials with Finger Lakes Health say that no patient data or information was lost. The hackers who gained access to the system last Sunday... more
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