Neon colors provide best safety for swimsuits, with children of particular concern

With more than 150 people drowning each year in New York State, and it being one of the leading causes of death among children, the color of swimsuits might make a difference. ALIVE-Solutions of Idaho, a water safety support organization, promotes the use of bright neon colored swimsuits as a result of numerous comparison photographs … Read more

Senior health education series starts next week in Friendship

An education series for older adults seeking to learn how to stay healthy is starting next week in Friendship, with a $30 gift card provided to those attending all six sessions. The Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE) will be offered from 1PM to 2:30PM on Mondays and Thursdays from June 10-27, at the Friendship … Read more

Allegany County joins state STOP-DWI Memorial Day Weekend enforcement campaign

Those thinking of drinking and driving in Allegany County during the busy highways Memorial Day Weekend period should reconsider. State, county and municipal law enforcement agencies will be taking part in a Friday through Monday High Visibility Engagement Campaign in a coordinated effort to reduce the number of impaired driving-related injuries and deaths, according to … Read more

Drug overdose training received, with more citizen prevention measures Saturday

Some three dozen Houghton University employees and students, healthcare professionals, and community residents have received state training on how to counter opioid drug overdose deaths, with the greater Allegany County community having additional opportunities this weekend to help address the issue. Mandee Nann, overdose training coordinator with the State Office of Addiction Services and Supports … Read more

Combating drug overdoses is focus this week in Allegany and some adjoining counties

Two events in three Allegany County communities are scheduled this week in an effort to help block drug overdose deaths. Houghton University has several seats remaining for a Wednesday afternoon Naloxone training to equip area residents in administering a free nasal spray which can be provided to counteract opioid drug overdoses, including those which occur … Read more

Prescription Drug Take Back this month at Andover and Wellsville

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Andover and Wellsville this month to keep the unused medicines off the street and out of the hands of drug abusers, children and public water supplies. The spring event will be held from 10AM to 2PM, Saturday, April 27, at … Read more

Houghton University to host free Naloxone drug overdose reversal training

Required registration is underway for a free public naloxone training next month at Houghton which will include a Narcan kit to reverse drug overdoses involving opioids. Houghton University will host the 2PM to 4PM Wednesday, April 24, event at its Nielsen Physical Education Center on Campground Road, sponsored by the state Office of Addiction Services … Read more

Police fill in Langworthy on Allegany County drug issues, from marijuana to fentanyl

Issues of legal marijuana being laced with deadly fentanyl, problems obtaining school bus driver due to applicants being unable to pass drug tests due to marijuana use, community residents being a greater problem than college students in use of drugs, drivers under the influence of marijuana, lack of money to pursue street level drug dealers, … Read more

Free online resources highlight a focus on May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month around the nation, a time for building mindfulness among individuals, families, communities, businesses, churches and others as to how to recognize the needs of those who may be struggling with all types of mental/emotional issues and how to assist them. Among adult ages 18-and-older, the federal Substance Abuse and … Read more

Allegany County Pill Drop yields 80 pounds of unused prescription drugs

Over 80 pounds of unused pills were collected last weekend at two sites in Allegany County, including from one individual who was able to dispose of more than 15 years of accumulated substances. Nearly a dozen motorists at each of the Wellsville and Friendship fire departments drop-off sites disposed of nearly equal total amounts of … Read more

‘Everyone’s Not Doing It’ is the Facts Week message for students

‘Everyone’s Not Doing It’ is the message which the Partners for Prevention in Allegany County (PPAC) will be trying to get across to teens during National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). The annual observance, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes on Health (NIH), runs through Sunday, March 26, … Read more

Steuben County providing free drug overdose prevention kits

BREAKING: The Steuben County Health Department now is providing Naloxone nasal spray kits to its residents to help counteract drug overdoses and deaths, even among unsuspecting children. The prescription drug, a primary brand being Narcan, is available to anyone at any pharmacy in the state through a standing order from the health department. The state … Read more

Heroin overdoses and deaths increasing in Western New York counties

BREAKING: New York State Police Troop A at Batavia, which covers Allegany County and Western New York, is alerting the public to an increase in heroin overdose deaths in the past two weeks. Troopers reports 94 overdoses and six deaths between January 27 and February 7, with the Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties accounting for 20 … Read more