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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

New York State has set aside a record-high $247 million in the latest budget to fund opioid and drug addiction countermeasures. Senators representing Western New York districts gathered in Buffalo Monday to announce $425,000 of that money will go to Save The Michaels of the World.


What about all the patients already on opioids?

Apr 9, 2018
Denise Young / WXXI News

As more and more efforts are made across the country to curtail opioid addiction, some say a culture of fear has developed in the medical community -- fear for patients' safety, fear of being prosecuted by regulators. One fallout is a growing population of patients no one seems to know exactly what to do with: chronic pain patients who are already dependent on opioids and need to find new doctors to treat them.


National Public Radio

The Niagara Falls Water Board will be replacing more lead pipe water lines this year than planned. Albany threw in $575,000 to allow more of the potentially dangerous lines to be removed and replaced with safer piping.

Satcher to speak on NY mental health education law

Mar 30, 2018

Dr. David Satcher, who has served as U.S. surgeon general and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be in Buffalo on April 26 to discuss New York's mental health education law.

Satcher will speak about the importance of mental health education, school safety, and his public health approach to address issues affecting youth.

He also is the founding director and senior advisor of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at  Morehouse School of Medicine.

The event will be held at SEIU Local 1199, 2421 Main St.

A proposal in the New York State Senate is calling for more research into Lyme disease.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Diapers, wipes, sleep sacks, and formula are among more than a dozen items being asked for by the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County in this year’s Community Baby Shower. For the ninth year in a row, the organization is encouraging people to host their own collection events at home, at work, or out in the community.


The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is requiring all Dunkirk water customers to boil their water before using and conserve water as much as possible.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Five years of work on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has come to fruition with the launch of a new innovation center aimed at bringing life-saving technology to the medical market sooner.


New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities

A significant change is coming to the way New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive services. The next few months will be critical.

National Public Radio

With diabetes becoming an increasing problem, a local expert on the health problem is suggesting a different way to help treat diabetics.

March for Our Lives

Doctors in Western New York are no longer just playing a part after an episode of gun violence. They’re taking a stand before it begins again.


Erie County Medical Center

The weather was a little cold and windy Sunday on Grider Street, but the mood was warm and happy as Erie County Medical Center celebrated its first 100 years.


Robert Wood Johnson / WBFO

This year’s County Health Rankings report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are out, and the results are generally poor for Western New York. WBFO’s Avery Schneider talked with a local health advocate about the results in Erie County.


Sandy White WBFO

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the chances of breaking your hip go up as you age. As Sandy White reports for the WBFO Seniors News Desk, there are ways to prevent such an occurrence and stay strong.


Governor's Office

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.


WNED|WBFO

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.

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