Health

Garrett Kopp, the 19-year-old Tupper Laker behind the Birch Boys chaga tea company, holds a large 10-year-old lump of the unusual mushroom in his drying room where chaga is dehydrated before being ground into a powder.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Tupper’s Birch Boys chaga tea business expanding

TUPPER LAKE — Garrett Kopp is motivated by mushrooms. The 19-year-old Tupper Laker has built a tea business around one specific fungi, chaga, and is now crowdfunding to bring his operation from a basement at 123 Park St. to all corners of the nation and the world. Ever since he ...

Kratom, a Southeast Asian plant in the coffee family, is currently under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration after the Drug Enforcement Agency considered reclassifying it as a Schedule I drug. 	 

(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

FDA advises against use of kratom

The federal Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory Tuesday morning warning consumers about the potential health risks of kratom. This advisory comes in the midst of the administration’s eight-factor analysis of the Southeast Asian plant, which the Drug Enforcement Agency ...

Jerry Stewart, rehab technician at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, stands with donated home medical equipment and supplies bound for Nicaragua.
(Photo provided — Adirondack Health)

Adirondack Health to host medical supply drive Nov. 11

SARANAC LAKE — On Saturday, Nov. 11, Adirondack Medical Center will host a medical supply drive in support of North Country Mission of Hope. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., volunteers will accept surplus home medical equipment and supplies in Adirondack Medical Center’s lower parking lot, ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Official photo)

Stefanik votes to fund child health coverage, community health centers

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik spoke on the House floor and voted in support of funding a five-year extension of the state Children’s Health Insurance Program through the Championing Healthy Kids Act, among other health care services. CHIP provides general health insurance — ...

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232 substances ruled out in sergeant’s death; only kratom present

TUPPER LAKE — Franklin County Coroner Shawn Stuart has shared a list of drugs tested for in toxicology screening on village police Sgt. Matthew Dana, which informed Stuart’s report that said a kratom overdose caused Dana’s death. The list encompasses 233 drugs, chemicals and other ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Stefanik requests federal funding for Lyme research

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, as part of a bipartisan group of Congress members, is seeking more federal funding to combat the tick-borne Lyme disease. The group has requested that the acting secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Eric Hargan, improve the ...

Stefanik announces Medicare town hall

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced Wednesday that she will host a Medicare “tele-town hall” Monday to help North Country constituents choose a Medicare plan during the 54-day window they have to enroll. Medicare holds an annual open enrollment period from Oct. 5 to ...

Ryan Heisler presents a check to Sylvia Getman, Adirondack Health president and CEO, at the 2017 Ironman Lake Placid opening ceremony, while Heisler’s wife, Kelly Burns Gallagher, and their daughter, Ivy, look on.
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Triathlete’s gift brings baby boxes to Adirondack Health

SARANAC LAKE — Thanks to the generosity of Ironman triathlete Ryan Heisler and his family, new babies (and new parents) in the Adirondacks can sleep a little easier. On his way to successful completion of the 2017 Ironman Lake Placid triathlon, Heisler and his wife, Kelly Burns ...

Chart showing U.S. drug overdose deaths

Trump calls for liberation from ‘scourge’ of drug addiction

WASHINGTON — In ringing and personal terms, President Donald Trump has pledged that “we will overcome addiction in America,” declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to combat what he described as the worst drug crisis in U.S. ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Stefanik cheers Trump declaring opioid crisis an emergency

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican who represents northern New York, was happy Thursday that President Donald Trump declared the national opioid epidemic a public health emergency. “Far too many families across our North Country community have seen firsthand the ...

Kratom, a plant used for bodybuilding, pain relief and heroin recovery, was named as the cause of death in a report from Franklin County Coroner Shawn Stuart. A kratom advocacy group has implicated Stuart in a “shadow campaign” against the plant.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Kratom group accuses coroner, DEA of ‘shadow campaign’

TUPPER LAKE — The American Kratom Association has implicated Franklin County Coroner Shawn Stuart in what it refers to as a “shadow campaign” by the Drug Enforcement Agency to libel the plant’s reputation. Stuart, of Tupper Lake, believes the claim is absurd. A press release from ...

Chart showing U.S. drug overdose deaths

Stefanik cheers president declaring opioid emergency

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican who represents northern New York, was happy Thursday that President Donald Trump declared the national opioid epidemic a public health emergency. “Far too many families across our North Country community have seen firsthand the ...

Cuomo signs bill banning e-cigarettes in workplaces

ALBANY — New York has added electronic cigarettes to its indoor smoking ban, making it illegal to use the devices in bars, restaurants and most workplaces. While New York City and several other localities had already prohibited the use of e-cigarettes in areas covered by the smoking ban, ...

Man charged in heroin overdose

SARANAC LAKE — At 3:21 p.m. Oct. 5, village police charged David J. Corker, 40, of Saranac Lake with criminal nuisance in the first degree, relating to a fatal drug overdose that took place in September. Police charge that Corker allowed persons to gather in his premises for the purpose of ...

New York receives $19 million in federal funds to fight addiction

ALBANY (AP) — New York state is getting $19 million in federal money to boost efforts to help those struggling with substance abuse. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Wednesday. His office says the money will help expand and enhance addiction treatment, with a special focus on ...

‘Healthy Everyday’ meant to be a fun, educational night out

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health invites the community to learn about turning a busy lifestyle into a healthy one at our free community health forum. In previous years, this event was called the Adirondack Health Symposium, but along with a new name, this year’s event will be held at a ...

Bob Ross, CEO of St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers, smiles in September in the organization’s headquarters in Saranac Lake. 
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Help after rehab

SARANAC LAKE — The veterans housing unit at St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers doesn’t look like an institution. The walls are painted in warm, saturated browns and reds; the carpets are deep and real; and the art on the walls comes straight from people in the ...

(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Kratom controversy

Nine thousand miles away from the rain forests of Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar where it is harvested, a leafy plant in the coffee family called kratom is the subject of a debate sprouting in Tupper Lake. This is the latest branch of a debate growing here and throughout the U.S.: Should ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Stefanik helps maintain funds for rural health centers

PLATTSBURGH — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has played a major role in efforts to maintain federal funding for rural health centers, many of which operate in the North Country. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was an original co-sponsor of legislation that will extend funding for community health ...

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‘Healthy Everyday’ intended to be fun, educational night out

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health invites the community to learn about turning a busy lifestyle into a healthy one at its free Community Health Forum. In previous years, this event was called the Adirondack Health Symposium, but along with a new name, this year’s event will be held at a ...