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The entrance to Canton-Potsdam Hospital's detox unit. Photo: Sarah Harris
The entrance to Canton-Potsdam Hospital's detox unit. Photo: Sarah Harris

Canton-Potsdam Hospital Detox: after heroin, a first step

Heroin use has skyrocketed in the North Country over the past couple of years. The good news is drug treatment is available in the region. But before an addict can go to rehab, they have to stop using; they have to detox. It's not easy. The Canton-Potsdam Hospital unit is the only medically supervised detox center north of the Thruway.  Go to full article
Students march to "Take Back the Night." Photo: Tulane University

SUNY backs bill combating campus sexual assaults

NEW YORK (AP) New York's public university system is the first to support a law that would strengthen colleges and universities' assistance for sexual assault victims while establishing strong penalties for non-compliance.  Go to full article
From the Virginia National Guard and the DEA's "Drug Take-Back Initiative." Photo: Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs

With opiate addiction on the rise, here's a safe way to trash meds

Walk over to the cabinet over your bathroom sink and take a look. Chances are you have at least one bottle of medication dusting over. But what should you do with it?

State Senator Patty Ritchie and Jefferson and St. Lawrence County law enforcement officials have partnered to invite you to "shed your meds." They're hosting events through the rest of the summer where people can come and throw away old pills. It's one more weapon in the fight against opiate addiction here in the North Country.  Go to full article
Answer the Muse will perform a music workshop on Thursday (5-7 pm) and a concert on Friday (8 pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Preview: "Answer the Muse" in Lake Placid

An Ithaca-based group will bring its brand of indie rock with a yoga twist to the Adirondacks this weekend. Answer the Muse's visit to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts...  Go to full article
"Powdered alcohol" is made using cyclodextrins, which can absorb an estimated 60 percent of their own weight in alcoho. Photo: <a href="">Stanis&#322;aw Skowron</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY senator takes aim at powdered alcohol

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban powdered alcohol.

He's also calling on retailers to boycott its sale when the product...  Go to full article
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Attorneys general want flavored e-cigarette ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general has joined counterparts from two-dozen other states urging federal regulators to impose restrictions on electronic cigarettes...  Go to full article
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FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug

WASHINGTON (AP) Federal health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients...  Go to full article
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Sen. Sanders: Veterans bill will reduce wait times

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says a bill passed by Congress to improve health care for veterans is the most significant piece of legislation...  Go to full article
The Syracuse student section erupts during a 2010 NCAA college football game against Maine in Syracuse, N.Y. <br />(Photo: Kevin Rivoli, AP)

Syracuse chief: No. 1 party school label not OK

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The chancellor of Syracuse University says his college's ranking as the nation's top party school is a "wake-up call" for change.

In a message...  Go to full article
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Sanders discusses veterans health care overhaul

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will be discussing legislation he helped craft to improve health care for veterans.

Sanders, chairman of...  Go to full article

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