Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Monday that his office is on track to declare the end of the opioid epidemic as a public health crisis as early as next year.

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A five-year study by the New York State Cancer Registry found four areas of the state had higher than average incidences of lung, kidney, prostate, colorectal, oral and esophageal cancers. While the state continues to collect data and find root causes, Erie County has engaged the University at Buffalo for an outreach program.

Native Americans have, on many tragic occasions, been subject to traumatic experiences which, in turn, have left long-term effects on the community's health and well-being. Erie County officials hosted a special training session Thursday designed to foster better understanding between Natives and non-Natives when addressing health and wellness needs.

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The first ever arrest for violating the public health law has been made in Erie County. A Buffalo landlord has been charged after allegedly renting a home with high lead levels.


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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.


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An investigative report released by Reuters News shows the City of Buffalo to be one of the most at-risk cities in the nation for child exposure to lead. Such exposure is linked to hindered learning and behavioral development. While the city and Erie County are making progress, there are fears proposed federal budget cuts could set back prevention efforts.


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Catholic Health is planning to relocate its STAR treatment center within the Town of Amherst. On Friday, a candidate for Amherst Town Supervisor suggested that while drug treatment centers are needed, the planned future site is the wrong place to put one.


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Across New York State, suffocation is the leading cause of unintentional deaths for children under the age of one.


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An effort to save lives sparked a lengthy and heated discussion in Old Erie County Hall on Thursday.