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ITHACA (WRVO) - The Tompkins County Legislature is scheduled to vote on raising the legal age to buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 years old on Tuesday. The legislature and public opinion remains divided on the issue. 

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New York has a new plan to control the prices of prescription drugs under its Medicaid program. Medicaid is a government-funded health insurance plan for people who elderly, disabled, children or poor adults.

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The Department of Health has revealed a few new details on the lengthy rollout of its medical marijuana program. The names of dozens of potential dispensaries have been released, though officials won't say where exactly they'll be located. 

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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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