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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.


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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.

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The drive to build ECMC's new Trauma Center/Emergency Department has taken another step forward. Key Bank Foundation is partnering with the First Niagara Foundation to donate $600,000 to the Trauma Center's capital campaign.

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A plan to discharge treated fracking water into the Allegheny River continues raising concerns. The Seneca Nation of Indians hosted a day-long conference on the controversial project Wednesday.

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.


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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.

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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.

Catholic Health

A fifth generation Buffalonian with strong community ties and long-time involvement in the region’s healthcare arena will become president and CEO of Catholic Health early next month.

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.


Reddy Bikeshare

Many residents are taking advantage of a local bike-sharing program and pedaling more miles than in the previous season.

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.


Eric Greuschow

Physical disabilities do not have to become barriers to obtaining a quality education.

Efforts to combat an opioid epidemic continue in Allegany County as a legislature panel forwards a study to county lawmakers.

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A food service worker employed at two Erie County establishments has a confirmed case of Hepatitis A and may have infected others.

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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.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer CEnter

For the third time in its 120-year history, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center aired a commercial during the Super Bowl. This year’s message was focused on hope and reaching a wide audience.

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A group of advocates say a state law that helps ensure employment opportunities for people with disabilities is in need of an overhaul.


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.

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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.

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