It appears five area residents died over the weekend due to drug overdoses. While local officials are concerned about the development, they say the number of overdose deaths has dropped significantly since the height of the opioid crisis.
Drug drop-off sites are not new, but this weekend New York joins Washington as the first two states to adopt a unified statewide drug take-back program for unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs.
They say the holiday season can be either the best time of the year or the worst, depending on where you are in your life. WBFO's Marian Hetherly has the story of one local attorney making the best of the worst.
Medical marijuana is offering relief to thousands of New Yorkers suffering from a range of serious ailments, from addiction and chronic pain to Parkinson's and PTSD, but how well do you know your weed? Cannabis products can also have vastly different effects - good and bad. WBFO's Marian Hetherly concludes our special series, "The Path to Pot."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says legalizing the adult use of recreational marijuana is among the agenda items for his coming new term. New York State already has legal medical marijuana, but some raise questions about how legal recreational pot may affect the integrity of the medicinal program. One of the local experts recruited to the governor's work group for crafting legal pot legislation, meanwhile, suggests very little is known about the substance many are in a hurry to make legal for casual consumption.
Cancer research scientists around the world are looking at what might be a revolutionary test for the diseases of cancer. The test is quick, potentially cheap and based on a simple blood test, not some elaborate technical equipment.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on Congress to provide money to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the study of Acute Flaccid Myelitis. It has been affecting young children across the state and the country, and earlier this month the CDC established a task force to investigate AFM.
Thousands of runners, joggers, and walkers crowded the streets of Buffalo Thursday for the annual YMCA Turkey Trot. As the oldest organized footrace in the country, the event is a tradition for Western New York and, especially, friends and families.
This is a trick question: You are a college student and don't have much money, so you're faced with a choice between keeping your smartphone operating or buying enough food. What's your choice? New University at Buffalo research has the answer.
On Thursday, WBFO airs the latest feature from Avery Schneider and the Health and Wellness News Desk. He spoke with Morning Host Jay Moran for a preview of the story on the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network's Community Health Worker Outreach Program.
WBFO's Jay Moran talks with Avery Schneider, Lead Reporter for the Health & Wellness News Desk, about his upcoming story on the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network's outreach program.
The Erie County Executive and Erie County Health Commissioner say the first cases of influenza are being reported in the county. As part of their plea to the public to get a flu vaccine, both Mark Poloncarz and Dr. Gale Burstein rolled up their sleeves and received their own shots.
Wednesday would have been the 100th birthday of former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. To honor the milestone, the foundation created in his name announced a major investment in the two places he called home.
The latest public listening session on a regulated adult-use marijuana program in New York drew scores of people to Cheektowaga Wednesday night. For more than two hours, the floor was yielded to members of the community who largely spoke out about the pros and cons of marijuana for medical use.
As Erie County health officials find hope in signs of a decline in opioid-related deaths, one of the key methods of combating the epidemic continues to be trained – identifying the signs of overdose and learning how to reverse it. And for every reason out there to train, it all comes down to wanting to save a life.