Health

Health benefits, economic growth cited as reasons to legalize marijuana

QUEENSBURY — North Country residents came out overwhelmingly in favor of the legalization of marijuana at a listening session Thursday, citing the health benefits for managing chronic pain and the potential to create jobs in the state. About 50 people attended the forum at SUNY ...

Essex Co. raises tobacco buying age

ELIZABETHTOWN — You’ll have to be 21 to buy tobacco products in Essex County now. The Essex County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Tuesday, making it illegal to purchase tobacco products under the age of 21. The succeeding local law only concerns purchase, not consumption. ...

Dr. Varga’s retirement celebrated

SARANAC LAKE — “As soon as I hung up the phone, I felt so bad because I just lied to Dr. Varga.” That was said by Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw, who called the Adirondack Health pathologist Wednesday night to report a death: A woman in her 70s had died in North Hudson while her ...

Families protest decision to put sex offender in group home

WILTON — Sharon Ashe was beside herself when she received notice that a registered sex offender was moving into the small group home for the developmentally disabled where her son has lived for 25 years. The resident, who is scheduled to move into the Route 50 home next week, has a ...

Gillibrand pushes bill to reduce deaths in childbirth

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced that she is introducing federal legislation to reduce maternal mortality, an issue that she said affects New Yorkers, particularly black New Yorkers, disproportionately. “[New York] is among the worst in the country,” she said during a phone ...

Hailey’s recovery

SARANAC LAKE — The Kawasaki Mule 5x Side-by-Side utility vehicle sat in the garage. There was a little bit of dirt on the tires and a pair of worker’s gloves in the flatbed. It looked clean and tough. Eleven months ago, though, it was in a much more mangled condition. Its passengers ...

Ad’k Health surpasses $12 million capital campaign goal

SARANAC LAKE — After two years, the Adirondack Health Foundation has surpassed its $12 million community goal established for the Future of Care Campaign, which supports Adirondack Health’s $45.8 million capital improvement project. The project includes the construction of a new health ...

Ticks in the Adirondacks

Ticks are spreading into the High Peaks, reaching elevations they never have before and carrying Lyme disease to communities in Wilmington, Malone and Tupper Lake, according to research from Paul Smith’s College and the state Department of Health. Lee Ann Sporn, a professor at Paul ...

Dr. Varga’s retirement ends local autopsies

Autopsies will no longer be performed in Franklin County following the planned retirement of Adirondack Medical Center’s Dr. C. Francis Varga. Varga has served as the county’s sole pathologist since March, when Dr. Leonardo Dishman left that role at Malone’s Alice Hyde Medical ...

Medical marijuana sales leap forward

PLATTSBURGH — As demand continues to grow for medical marijuana here, Curaleaf New York has completed renovations to its Plattsburgh branch and doubled hours of operation. The improvements at 345 Cornelia St., intended to create the feel of a community wellness center, include more open ...

New tick, virus threaten

New species of ticks are reaching the shores of the United States, bringing with them deadlier diseases, rapid reproduction processes and a whole bunch of uncertainty for the researchers and environmentalists who monitor their parasitic spread. - Overseas invader - The Asian ...

New York sues opioid maker, says Purdue Pharma misled consumers

ALBANY (AP) — New York filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma on Tuesday, alleging that the opioid maker misled doctors and patients about the dangers of its drugs. The state now joins a growing list of states and local governments that have turned to the courts for assistance in their ...

Raise the Age? By 2019, you may need to be 21 to buy tobacco in Essex County

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County could see a change in its tobacco sales policy before 2019. The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Monday in regard to raising the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. The board will choose whether to adopt the resolution at its regular ...

Jones, Little talk health care, broadband, Camp Gabriels

TUPPER LAKE — State Sen. Betty Little and state Assemblyman Billy Jones visited this village’s bandshell construction site last Wednesday, discussing the progress of locally relevant bills, the possibility of state wide single-payer health care and what they have been doing in the time ...

Police: Group home worker falsely claimed fire drill training

KINGSBURY — A supervisor at a state group home for the disabled has been charged with seven felonies for allegedly falsifying records to indicate that fire drills were done when they were not, police said. Katherine R. Bover, 30, of Spring Brook Way, Kingsbury, was charged with six counts ...

Essex County alerts Moriah to possible rabid wildlife

The Essex County Health Department is investigating reports of aggressive wildlife entering yards and interacting with pets and humans in Moriah. “These animals were not available for rabies testing though behaviors are consistent with the disease,” a press release said. The ...

Giving back … one patient at a time

(Editor's note: This article was originally produced for North Country Public Radio's North Country at Work series.) --- LAKE PLACID — For Michael Marshall, working at the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service is not just about saving lives; it’s about giving back to his hometown, ...

NCCC offers EMT training at all campuses

SARANAC LAKE — Fresh on the heels of a successful first Emergency Medical Technician class in Saranac Lake this spring, North Country Community College will offer EMT training at all three of its campuses — Malone, Saranac Lake and Ticonderoga — this fall. The college has worked ...

UVM Medical Center nurse strike possible

PLATTSBURGH — The possibility of a nurses strike at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington looms closer after Tuesday’s negotiating session did not produce results. In a statement released Tuesday night, UVM Medical Center President Eileen Whalen noted that the continuing ...

Top lawmaker: time to codify Roe v. Wade in state law is now

ALBANY (AP) — The speaker of the New York Assembly says now is the time to codify abortion rights in state law. Bronx Democrat Carl Heastie said Tuesday that Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling legalizing abortion nationwide is in “grave danger” and that it’s up to lawmakers to ...