opioid addiction

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Around 900 University at Buffalo students participated in a forum addressing opioid addiction at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on Thursday. The forum has hosted nearly 3,000 students, across 12 different health profession disciplines over its four years.

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A table at the Save the Michaels of the World offices is adorned with pictures of young men and women. All of them were lost to drug addiction.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Bus passengers awaiting a ride and motorists traveling throughout Niagara Falls may notice a new series of signs now displayed on bus stop benches scattered across the Cataract City. They are offering contact information for those battling opioid addiction while also offering a message of hope.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The idea was first introduced during the large-scale bipartisan local effort to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center open in West Seneca: use the state's planned new facility at the Buffalo Psychatric Center campus as a drug treatment center. Erie County Legislators wondering if that would be instead learned Thursday the state has another plan for that space.


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.


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.

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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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A Washington DC-based organization that campaigns to improve national policy on addiction has opened a New York State chapter. The woman tapped to chair the state chapter says she's looking for interested candidates to serve at the local level.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A local physician, already charged for what federal prosecutors say was a widespread illegal distribution of painkiller prescriptions, faces additional charges. Federal authorities on Wednesday morning announced a 166-count superseding indictment against Dr. Eugene Gosy.


Opioids: Fearing a lost generation

Aug 28, 2017
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In Western New York, addiction is everywhere - from cities to suburbs to rural areas. Medical experts say treatment facilities should be where the patients live.


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As the over-prescription of opioid pain killers continues to plague the country, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is proposing new legislation to help curb it. In Chautauqua County on Monday morning, Gillibrand announced a new bipartisan bill that would limit initial supplies of opioid prescriptions for short-term acute pain to just seven days.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said the heroin overdose death rate in New York State  increased 30 percent in 2015.

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Erie County lawmakers voted Thursday to approve plans for how to spend one million dollars to curb an ongoing opioid addiction crisis. More will be discussed. Meanwhile, the legislator who first introduced the idea of the million-dollar boost is frustrated by what he considers stalling by his peers.


Paul Schermerhorn

Drugs and the opioid epidemic are an ongoing burden in Western New York, with continuous efforts being made through education, medical treatment, and government agencies. But a church in Jamestown is trying a different approach to dealing with this very real crisis.


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Another Western New York doctor has been sentenced for fraudulently prescribing drugs. Dr. Albert Cowie, a former radiologist with Diagnostic Imaging Associates in Williamsville, faces 24 months in prison.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

State lawmakers say the legislation passed and signed earlier this year to battle opioid addiction is a good start but there is more that needs to be done. Monday morning in Buffalo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul led a roundtable discussion, during which many people who work on the front lines of the addiction crisis provided feedback.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

On Thursday, as part of the Justice Department's National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, the U.S. Attorney in Buffalo will co-host a special program about addiction in the workforce. Program planners say the problem is more prevalent than what the public may think.


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September marks National Recovery Month, a recognition of those who have successfully overcome their addictions. One local program who works with addicts is hosting its own Recovery Day Friday in Williamsville.


A new 24-hour, 365-day-a year hotline aimed at addressing Erie County's opioid addiction epidemic went live Monday morning.

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The news from Albany of an opioid abuse legislation agreement is being hailed in Western New York by many who are on the front lines in the fight against opioid addiction. If there are any disappointments to local advocates, it's that agreement on the measures within the package didn't happen years ago.


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From education to tougher criminal penalties to more access to treatment, a New York State Senate task force report recommends four dozen changes that they believe will put a dent in the continuing deadly opioid epidemic.


Governor creates heroin/opioid task force

May 11, 2016
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a task force aimed at ending what he called a crisis of heroin and opioid addiction continuing to plague families and communities in New York. At the same time, his Attorney General is urging those who have been denied health insurance coverage for addiction treatment and mental illness to contact his office for help.

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Across Erie County, local governments and activists are convening town meetings to talk about drug problems. New figures project 570 fatal drug overdoses will occur this year in the county.


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


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With no end in sight to the number of people dying from a fatal drug overdose, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing a bill that she says could help.


New video on addiction aims to stir more conversation

Feb 26, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Federal law enforcers hope a newly-released video documentary featuring real-life stories of opioid addiction will prove to be a powerful tool as Americans address the continuing public health and safety crisis.


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The growing opioid epidemic is taking a toll on society's most vulnerable: newborn babies.


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A UB researcher is reporting some success in helping people who want to quit abuse of prescription drugs by increasing their motivation.