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Loss of a child to addiction disrupts natural order

When a couple make the decision to have a child, a natural plan begins to fall into place. With great anticipation they wait for that happy plan to become reality — birthdays, elementary school, high school, college, marriage and eventually grandchildren. Never does that plan include the devastating loss of a child due to addiction.

Day after day we hear about opiate-related deaths in our region and across the country.  Children are dying outside of the “natural order,” and when it occurs it sends people into a tailspin. We’re just not supposed to outlive our children. 

While there is really no “getting over” such a loss, you can begin to integrate it into your life. It’s important to understand that grief is a long journey and finding normalcy takes time. You don't wake up one day and everything's good again.

Keep the Streets Safe this St. Patrick’s Day: Don’t Drink and Drive!

Keep the Streets Safe this St. Patrick’s Day: Don’t Drink and Drive!

With fun parades, a large Irish community and no shortage of pubs in which to celebrate, St. Patrick’s Day is a huge event in Buffalo and Western New York. But when excessive alcohol becomes part of the equation, St. Patrick’s Day can quickly turn tragic.

As one of the country’s most popular holidays, St. Patrick’s Day has long celebrated the roots of 34.2 million Americans with Irish ancestry, and many more who just want to partake in the festivities. However, did you know that in 2014 there were 18 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Paddy’s Day? This year, if you’ll be drinking alcohol, remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving!

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

The Pregnancy & Cancer Registry is a growing database of women from around the world who have been diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. The database was developed by Dr. Elyce Cardonick, a nationally recognized expert in maternal-fetal medicine. 

Dr. Cardonick has been helping pregnant women diagnosed with cancer have healthy babies for 17 years. These women are very brave, and at first want to deny themselves cancer treatment during pregnancy because they are afraid it will hurt their fetus. 

Senator Ortt and AT&T Provide Troops With Free Calls Home for the Holidays

Senator Ortt and AT&T  Provide Troops With Free Calls Home for the Holidays

In time for the holidays, more than 900 donated cell phones will help provide calling cards for our deployed troops and veterans to call home

Catholic Charities, Partners Embark on Caregiver Initiative Designed to Cover Seven Counties

Catholic Charities, Partners Embark on Caregiver Initiative Designed to Cover Seven Counties

Catholic Charities of Buffalo and its eight partners are mobilizing for a January 1 start for the comprehensive Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, the result of a $7.5 million award announced recently by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Through the five-year grant, a focused, collaborative service network is being developed to support and impact caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia across seven counties in Western New York.  The goal is to expand the safety net for caregivers by recognizing and addressing the need for supports and stress reduction strategies.

Drug Epidemic Increases Need for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors

Drug Epidemic Increases Need for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors

 

The facts are clear, and very disturbing — the region’s drug epidemic is worsening by the day. In fact, during a recent 24-hour period, 10 heroin overdoses were reported in Western New York. 

“With the increase in drug addiction comes the need for more qualified healthcare professionals to help handle the problem,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. The nonprofit organization offers the 350 hours of chemical dependency education required by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to become a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). They also offer individual classes for those who are re-credentialing.

M.E.D.X Introduces Highly Secure Patient Health Information Communications System

M.E.D.X Introduces Highly Secure Patient Health Information Communications System

 

Western New York-based Mobile Encrypted Data Xchange (M.E.D.X) recently launched a HIPAA-compliant mobile app serving the healthcare industry. The product utilizes the latest advances in technical securities, encryption and device safeguards to ensure the highest levels of security while enhancing clinical decision-making and workflows within the healthcare system.