drugs http://wrvo.org en Medical marijuana becomes legal in New York http://wrvo.org/post/medical-marijuana-becomes-legal-new-york <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York is now the </span>23<sup>rd</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> state to allow medical marijuana, now that </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But, it will be some time before patients will have access to the drug.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:32:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58483 at http://wrvo.org Medical marijuana becomes legal in New York Heroin overdoses in Oswego leave 1 SUNY Oswego student dead, 2 others hospitalized http://wrvo.org/post/heroin-overdoses-oswego-leave-1-suny-oswego-student-dead-2-others-hospitalized <p><em>Story updated on Monday, May 12 at 8:00 a.m.</em></p><p></p><p>On the SUNY Oswego campus, students say they are still coming to terms with the weekend's heroin overdoses, in which one student died and two others were hospitalized.</p><p>Many students say they are uncomfortable talking about the subject. One student, Jessie Brandt, said she was scared when she first saw the emergency alerts on her phone.</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 14:57:43 +0000 Jason Smith & Gino Geruntino 55575 at http://wrvo.org Heroin overdoses in Oswego leave 1 SUNY Oswego student dead, 2 others hospitalized Schumer calls for action on student use of stimulative drugs http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-action-student-use-stimulative-drugs <p></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:09:21 +0000 Julie Alderman 39435 at http://wrvo.org New designer drug makes an appearance in upstate New York http://wrvo.org/post/new-designer-drug-makes-appearance-upstate-new-york <p>Now that the abuse of the designer drug bath salts seems to be easing, scientists are warning of a new chemical cocktail. The drug called "smiles" has started making an appearance in upstate New York.</p><p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:21:06 +0000 Ellen Abbott 27519 at http://wrvo.org Lewis County to consider synthetic drug ban http://wrvo.org/post/lewis-county-consider-synthetic-drug-ban <p>Like many other local governments in New York responding to the bizarre behavior of people using the drugs known as &ldquo;bath salts,&rdquo; Lewis County is considering a ban on many of the compounds used in synthetic drugs.</p><p>The ban would outlaw bath salts and synthetic marijuana, sold under the brand names Spice and K2, among others. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 14:22:28 +0000 Joanna Richards 23696 at http://wrvo.org Community meetings take aim at “bath salts” drugs http://wrvo.org/post/community-meetings-take-aim-bath-salts-drugs <p>Community meetings are popping up as fast as the bizarre stories surrounding a drug known as bath salts or glass cleaner. The drugs are sold in head shops and convenience stores &ndash; they are not typical bath products or window cleaners. Three meetings in Jefferson County this week aimed to address the growing drug problem.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:30:35 +0000 Joanna Richards 23233 at http://wrvo.org Community meetings take aim at “bath salts” drugs Nationwide police action targets synthetic drug makers, sellers; Watertown, Syracuse shops raided http://wrvo.org/post/nationwide-police-action-targets-synthetic-drug-makers-sellers-watertown-syracuse-shops-raided <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: normal">A first-ever nationwide raid on the synthetic drug industry was conducted yesterday, and hit stores in Watertown, Syracuse and around the area. The raid follows a new federal law that bans many of the chemical compounds used to make synthetic drugs like bath salts.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: normal"><br /> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:32:19 +0000 Joanna Richards 23214 at http://wrvo.org The EPIC program returns just in time http://wrvo.org/post/epic-program-returns-just-time <p>When state lawmakers approved the budget this week, they restored a program that&#39;s vital to many senior citizens. <strong><a href="http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/epic/">Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage</a></strong>, known as EPIC, helps low and moderate income seniors with co-pays for prescription drugs not covered by Medicare Part-D. When it was defunded last year, seniors were forced to pay 25% of the costs of prescriptions. This made necessary prescriptions unaffordable for some.</p><p>Pharmacists at drug stores like the Gifford and West Pharmacy in Syracuse ran into a lot of problems when EPIC stopped helping seniors pay for prescription drugs. Gifford pharmacist Jim McLaughlin encountered many patients who had high co-pays and were forced to pay.</p><p>&quot;It ends up costing more. Patients go without their medications and their symptoms start to come back, or they end up being hospitalized,&quot; McLaughlin said.</p><p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:24:46 +0000 Ellen Abbott 16859 at http://wrvo.org State health commissioner bans sale of synthetic marijuana http://wrvo.org/post/state-health-commissioner-bans-sale-synthetic-marijuana <p><span style="font-size: large; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; ">New York State has banned the sale of synthetic marijuana products. Marketed as &ldquo;herbal incense&rdquo; and sold under names like Spice and K2, the fake pot has been popular with people across the North Country&mdash;including Fort Drum soldiers. The post near Watertown recently announced it would ban soldiers from spending money at any businesses that sell synthetic pot. But it now seems that won&rsquo;t be necessary.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 20:53:35 +0000 Joanna Richards 16815 at http://wrvo.org