Health

Justice Center may lack power to prosecute

ALBANY — A New York state agency launched four years ago to protect the disabled from abuse and neglect was staffed with a team of investigators and prosecutors empowered to bring criminal cases against alleged wrongdoers. But it lacked one key thing, according to three recent court rulings: ...

Citizen Advocates hosts annual Recovery Month Celebration

MALONE — In recognition of September as National Recovery Month, Citizen Advocates will host the ninth annual Recovery Picnic & Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Malone Rec Park Kelly Pavilion. The event is one of the many ways to support people in ...

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Adirondack Health welcomes new surgeons, pediatrician

SARANAC LAKE — Three new doctors have joined Adirondack Health’s medical staff. “As our new relationships with these three providers demonstrate, the opportunities for professional advancement and quality of life in the mountains continue to attract top-notch medical professionals to ...

Direct Support Professional Tami Cooke works with James Manning, who likes to help others — whether it’s sharing a smile or holding a door. One of the ways he participates in the community is by volunteering for the Meals On Wheels program through the Malone Adult Center.
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Citizen Advocates applauds work of direct support professionals

MALONE — Citizen Advocates is celebrating National Direct Support Professionals Week in recognition of the vital role these specialized caregivers serve by supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community. Direct Support Professional Recognition ...

Blood drive Tuesday, Sept. 19 in Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE — The Red Cross will host a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 High St. Walk-ins are welcome or people can make an appointment at ww.redcrossblood.org or through the Red Cross app for iPhone and Android. Because of weather ...

Coroner reveals details behind kratom overdose report

TUPPER LAKE — The coroner who released the controversial report saying kratom use led to the death of Tupper Lake police Sgt. Matthew Dana has provided more information about the investigative process that led up to his ruling. Supporters of kratom from around the nation have weighed in ...

Tupper Lake village police Sgt. Matthew Dana
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Coroner: Kratom overdose killed police sergeant

TUPPER LAKE — After a month-long investigation, the coroner’s official cause of death for Tupper Lake police Sgt. Matthew Dana has been ruled as an overdose of kratom. Kratom is a controversial plant from southeast Asia, which has been banned by several countries but remains legal in ...

Kratom debate reaches new level

TUPPER LAKE — The release of a coroner’s report on the death of Tupper Lake police Sgt. Matthew Dana has been met with controversy surrounding kratom, the plant cited as the cause of death. Kratom, known scientifically as Mitragyna speciosa, is a southeast Asian plant traditionally used ...

Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer training program scheduled

LAKE PLACID — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers and has scheduled a Friendship Volunteer training program in Saranac Lake on the mornings of Oct. 4 and 11. Both mornings are required to complete the training. The training sessions will be held from 9 a.m to 12:30 ...

Tupper Lake village police Sgt. Matthew Dana
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Coroner: Police sergeant died from high concentration of kratom

TUPPER LAKE — After a month-long investigation, the coroner’s official cause of death for Tupper Lake police Sgt. Matthew Dana has been ruled as an overdose of kratom. Toxicology reports, received Friday, took longer than usual due to how uncommon it is to test for the plant from ...

Bob Ross, CEO of St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers, smiles Friday in the organization’s headquarters in Saranac Lake. 
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St. Joe’s hopes to add detox

SARANAC LAKE — St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers hopes to add a new eight-bed detox facility and a 24-7 Crisis Assessment Service in an warehouse on John Munn Road. St. Joseph’s would also relocate its outpatient clinic to that building from its current home on ...

Dean Johnston, CEO of Citizen Advocates, cuts the ribbon at the Open House Ceremony for Citizen Advocates Crisis & Recovery Center in Malone.  With Mr. Johnston were Jolene Munger, AHI; Beth Lawyer, Director of Behavioral Health Services; Martha Dishman, Chair of the Citizen Advocates Board of Directors;  Mr. Johnston, Suzanna LaVigne, Director of Franklin County Community Services; and Stephens Mundy, Interim CEO of UVM Health Network Alice Hyde Medical Center.
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Open house for crisis and recovery center

MALONE — Citizen Advocates Inc. hosted an Open House on Monday, Aug. 28 to highlight its new Crisis & Recovery Center, a transformational approach and first of its kind in the North Country for individuals in need of urgent mental health and addiction treatment services. In ...

Ian Orme, recently honored for his groundbreaking studies of tuberculosis, sits in the Blue Moon Cafe in Saranac Lake Wednesday.
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TB bugs him: Microbe hunter retires to Onchiota

SARANAC LAKE — Ian Orme has spent a lifetime fighting tuberculosis, and now the professor recently named a “Pillar of Immunology” has moved to “the great metropolis of Onchiota,” as he put it, where his primary goal is to improve his golf game. At least, that’s his story. The ...

Top New York court rules against physician-assisted suicide

ALBANY — New York’s ban on assisted suicide will stand after the state’s highest court on Thursday rejected arguments from terminally ill patients who say they should have the right to seek life-ending drugs from a doctor. The Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that state lawmakers had a ...

Top New York court rules against physician-assisted suicide

ALBANY — New York’s ban on assisted suicide will stand after the state’s highest court on Thursday rejected arguments from terminally ill patients who say they should have the right to seek life-ending drugs from a doctor. The Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that state lawmakers had a ...

Adirondack Health named 2017 Health Care’s Most Wired

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has been named a 2017 Most Wired Hospital by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum. Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are ...

Adirondack Health Nursing 5K Run/Walk Sept. 17

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health’s nursing staff will host a 5K to combat childhood obesity. The event will kick off at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Mount Pisgah base lodge in Saranac Lake. The 5 kilometer (3.1-mile) course will take participants from the lodge down Mount Pisgah ...

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Clark, Weibrecht to join Lake Placid Hall of Fame

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Hall of Fame Committee has named Cora Clark and Andrew Weibrecht as this year’s nominees for induction. The 34th annual Induction Banquet will be held Oct. 15 at the Conference Center at Lake Placid, beginning with a cash bar at 11 a.m., followed by ...

Coyote that bit woman had rabies

KINGSBURY (AP) — Authorities say a coyote shot by an environmental conservation officer after it attacked a woman on a rural New York trail has tested positive for rabies. The Washington County sheriff’s office says the animal was killed Thursday, one day after a woman was attacked on a ...

Former Sunmount employee pleads guilty

TUPPER LAKE — A former Sunmount employee, accused of abusing a developmentally disabled resident in May, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge on Wednesday. Lukas Matthews, 22, of Tupper Lake, was arrested May 23 based on the accusation that he grabbed a Sunmount resident by the neck and ...