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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. 

New Weber’s Three-pack to Aid Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research

New Weber’s Three-pack to Aid Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research

 

Buffalo-based Heintz & Weber Co., Inc., makers of the top-selling mustard in Western New York, today introduced a new three-pack of assorted condiments including Weber’s famous Horseradish Mustard, Hot Texas Sandwich Sauce and Piccalilli Relish. A portion of the proceeds from each package sold will benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a nonprofit organization at the forefront of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy research.

‘5 to Drive’ Campaign Helps Parents Protect Teen Drivers

‘5 to Drive’ Campaign Helps Parents Protect Teen Drivers

 

The Resource Training Center, based in Amherst, is joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to promote the “5 to Drive” campaign during National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 18-24. The campaign aims to help parents talk to their teen drivers about the rules of the road.

“Even though your teens might be gaining some independence and getting older, protecting them from harm shouldn’t stop now,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center and “Alive at 25,” a program created specifically for young drivers. “The ‘5 to Drive’ campaign will give parents the tools they need to keep their teen drivers safe.”

Fundraiser to Benefit Alzheimer's Association of WNY

An event to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of WNY will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Lancaster Moose Lodge, 5437 Broadway, Lancaster.

 

The fundraiser will feature a Zumbathon, basket auction, refreshments and live music.

 

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

 

For more information, call Karen Overhoff at 681-2255 or Janis Graham at 380-5897.

Football Game Days End Safely When a Designated Driver is Part of Your Team

Football Game Days End Safely When a Designated Driver is Part of Your Team

 

We’re about to enter another season here in Western New York and across the country — football season! Whether you’re a season ticket holder or watching the game in a bar with family and friends, there’s one individual that no winning team can be without, and that’s a designated driver.

“While game day is always a highly anticipated event, it is also a day frequently associated with heavy drinking, reckless behavior, drinking and driving, and an increase in motor vehicle crashes,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. “If alcohol is part of your game day, plan ahead and plan on having a sober ride that will get you home safe and sound.

Elderwood joins HEALTHeLINK

Elderwood joins HEALTHeLINK

HEALTHeLINK today announced Elderwood is the latest long term care facility to participate in Western New York’s clinical information exchange.  This includes Elderwood’s 12 local assisted living and skilled nursing facilities located in Amherst, Cheektowaga, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lancaster, West Seneca, Wheatfield and Williamsville.

“Having access to one’s latest test results, medication history and other current clinical information provide treating physicians with a more complete medical picture on the patient they are treating. This is especially important when a patient transitions from one health care setting to another,” said Dan Porreca, executive director, HEALTHeLINK. “With this information readily and securely available, physicians can provide more timely and effective treatment at the point of care.”