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Pennsylvania has secured a federal grant to help in the fight against drug overdose deaths. More than $26 million will be used for treatment programs. The state says it will use the money to provide treatment to 6,000 uninsured or underinsured people. It plans to set up 8 treatment hubs with physicians and other medical professionals, along with people who can provide help in the community. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A group of health care providers, drug reform advocates and former users next Monday will roll out a controversial plan in the battle against the heroin epidemic.

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The Medical Society of New York State has decided to ask doctors for their opinions on physician assisted dying. he medical society, which has about 30,000 members made up of physicians and medical students, has maintained its position of opposing physician assisted dying since 1992. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has updated coverage guidelines for infertility treatment that could be especially significant for single women and same sex couples. A letter sent to insurance companies clarifies that all patients – regardless of sexual orientation, marital status or gender identity - are entitled to infertility treatment coverage.

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A state House panel has approved a proposal to provide some help to those trying to stop drug overdose deaths. But some are also concerned the measure creates other problems. Sponsored by Republican Representative Matt Baker of Tioga County, the bill would allow medical experts to force someone who has overdosed to stay in treatment for up to 72 hours

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Nationally, almost fifty percent of all suicides involve firearms. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - As gambling casinos continue to open up across the state, the shadow of compulsive gambling grows larger. One Syracuse area gambling addiction clinic is already booked.

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(Elizabethville, Dauphin County) -- For people trying to recover from addiction to opioids like heroin, living in a rural area can add more stress. The concerns at a town hall in the rural northern Dauphin County community of Elizabethville came from two directions. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) - It's now been a year since medical marijuana was legalized in Pennsylvania. The drug's still not available for prescription in the commonwealth, but Governor Tom Wolf says the process is right on-track, with permits set to be allocated soon and the rollout expected to be totally complete by the middle of next year.  

Schumer Supports Bill That Combats Opioid Abuse

Apr 12, 2017
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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Rochester Tuesday to announce his support for a bill that would boost federal resources in the fight against opioid use. 

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