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Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to impose a tax on manufacturers of prescription opioids to help pay for state programs that assist people who are addicted to them. But some say it will be patients who ultimately will have to pay the price.


AAA

Backseat passengers should be forced to wear seatbelts, according to the nation’s largest automobile organization.

Zach Anderson

Young patients at John. R Oishei Children’s Hospital received a warm and fuzzy gift Friday morning. The good tidings came in the form of thousands of blankets donated by Western New Yorkers.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The final tenant on the former Bryant Street campus of Women and Children’s Hospital closed its doors last week for a move to Buffalo’s West Side where the new Niagara Street Pediatrics opens its doors today.


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Black balloons twisted in the breeze in front of Erie County Hall Tuesday night, in remembrance of those lost to the opioid epidemic.

WBFO file photo

Many of us share an intimate bond with our smartphones. In many instances, not an hour passes without some interaction. It’s our loyal companion waiting beside our bed at night, ready to provide a wake-up call at the designated moment. It’s a navigator, guiding us through territory unknown. It’s a constant source of information.

A group called Save the Michaels of the World is teaming up with Erie County Medical Center to raise awareness about opioid and prescription pill abuse.

The nonprofit was established in 2011 to raise awareness about the devastating effects of abusing opioids after 20-year-old Michael David Israel committed suicide during his struggles with addiction.

Dr. Mark Gunther, ECMC’s vice president of behavioral health, led the speaker series that was held Wednesday night at Hyatt Place in Amherst.

Erie County is celebrating the first major sign of success in its battle against the opioid epidemic.


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is challenging a report from the U.S. Senate which claims the Medicaid system is fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A program known as Nurs'n Blues, which utilizes blues music as a form of therapy for those battling chemical dependency, is being made available to patients of a Western New York mental health and substance abuse treatment provider. A collaboration uniting Music Is Art and the Blues Society of Western New York is making it possible.


Five Star Urgent Care

Niagara County has a new urgent care option. Five Star Urgent Care cut the ribbon on its new facility at 7432 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Niagara Falls Wednesday and is now serving walk-ins and other patients from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

Steve Inskeep talks to Dr. William Reid, who's spent time with the man who killed 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. He explains the extent to which mass shooters share personality traits.

Cattaraugus County’s public health director is confident some strides are being made in grappling with the opioid crisis.

National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project

February is American Heart Month, and while there are many topics such as diet, exercise, and smoking that people commonly associate with the heart, one important one is sometimes overlooked.


The opioid epidemic has cost the United States more than $1 trillion since 2001, according to a new study, and may exceed another $500 billion over the next three years.

The following are posts by tweeted or re-tweeted by WBFO's Avery Schneider (@SAvery131) related to the move from Women & Children's Hospital to Oishei Children's Hospital with the intention of engaging audiences with the story.

Horizon Health Services

Horizon Health Services is adding a new building to a Niagara County campus. When it opens later this year, its fourth building on Inducon Drive in Sanborn will serve a specific population that is overcoming addictions.


Buffalo schools are becoming concerned about food allergies among the students. That ranges from the peanut issue to determining what is in other food brought into the buildings, like cupcakes for birthdays.


Counties getting extra state funds to fight the flu

Feb 9, 2018
National Public Radio

Counties across New York State are getting extra financial support to battle the influenza epidemic, as the number of confirmed flu cases continues to rise.

Mike Desmond/WBFO

Erie County is bringing in large quantities of the Hepatitis A vaccine, in the wake of discovering a client of the Buffalo City Mission has been diagnosed with the disease.

WebMD

An aneurysm is essentially a bubble on a blood vessel. If it ruptures, about 40 percent of those people die. A local startup corporation is working on a simple blood test to detect these health threats in the brain.

National Public Radio

State health officials say laboratory-confirmed influenza cases topped 11,000 over the past week, with another 2,200-plus New Yorkers requiring hospitalization because of the flu.

Sinatra & Company

The winter hiatus is apparently over. The Elmwood Village development wars are reheating, this time over what to do with the former Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

File Photo / National Public Radio

Both houses of the New York State Legislature have approved a proposal to make significant changes to New York's medical malpractice law, by allowing patients to sue years after an alleged misdiagnosis or mistreatment for cancer.

A new NPR/Marist poll finds that 1 in 5 jobs in America is held by a worker under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. In a weeklong series, NPR explores many aspects of this change.

State changes distribution of opioid antidote

Jan 26, 2018
Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

New statewide rules for distribution of Naloxone is affecting agencies that trains people to use the drug, also known as Narcan.

National Public Radio

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken steps to make it easier for New Yorkers to get the influenza vaccine as the flu epidemic continues to spread across the state.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center received a significant boost in funding for prostate cancer research and awareness from some well-known members of the Buffalo sports community.


The American Lung Association says Albany lawmakers could be doing more to improve how the state controls tobacco use.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A Western New York agency that works with people battling opioid addiction has added two new mobile units to their resources, funded with dollars from a state grant.


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