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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 ...

Citizen Advocates’ counselor Shanzy Carter-Martinez is available to meet with North Country Community College students at her office in Hodson Hall on the college’s Saranac Lake campus.
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NCCC, Citizen Advocates open counseling office at college

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College and Citizen Advocates have formed a unique partnership to provide students mental health and substance abuse counseling on the college’s Saranac Lake campus. The new counseling service is an extension of Citizen Advocates’ outpatient ...

Mercy Care Board President  Jerry Hayes, right, presents the Volunteer of the Year Award to Paul Guerrette.
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Mercy Care presents volunteers with awards

LAKE PLACID — On Sept. 7, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks hosted more than 40 elders, Friendship Volunteers, Parish Nurses and Board Members at Guggenheim Center on Lower Saranac Lake for its annual Friendship Picnic. The gathering is held each year to celebrate older adults in our ...

The Justice Center, which investigates and prosecutes abuse allegations for state facilities like Sunmount, pictured, has been brought into question. The center asserts its prosecutorial power is constitutional.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Supreme Court judges jammed on Justice Center

State Supreme Court judges are locked in a conflict over whether the state agency that investigates abuse allegations for facilities like Sunmount has the power to prosecute. Albany County judges have dismissed three cases since March of this year on the grounds that the Justice Center for ...

Vaccination rates reassuring in local schools

SARANAC LAKE — Cold and flu season is getting underway, and if you have kids in school, it’s likely they will stay home some time over the winter, thanks to the travels of infectious germs from one kid to another. For more severe infectious diseases, kids in New York state are required to ...

Saranac Lake Central School Food Service Director Ruth Pino, left, Farm to School Coordinator Zohar Gitlis, center, and Shannon Bartholomew pose with locally harvested vegetables for the school. 
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Eating for the economy

SARANAC LAKE — On the brink of making the Farm to School initiative a community economic force, a group of educators, farmers and nutritionists are looking for a way to keep the momentum going. The program teaches local kids where their food comes from, while encouraging healthy eating ...

Report cards proposed for institutions for the disabled

ALBANY — A New York lawmaker on Tuesday proposed requiring state institutions for the disabled to publish report cards on the number of cases of abuse and neglect after a disabled man was infested with maggots in a state group home last year. Republican state Sen. Robert Ortt said that ...

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 ...