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Harm reduction services like syringe exchange programs are not often the first programs promoted as treatment for opioid addictions. But staff members at Trillium’s local program want active users to know there are other options, if more traditional and clinical methods of treatment don’t work for them.

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Rochester Regional Health unveiled a new mental health center at its Saint Mary’s campus Monday.

The center, slated to open Tuesday, is designed to take some of the pressure off emergency rooms where people in mental health crises often go for care, said Rochester Regional’s vice president for behavioral health Jill Graziano.

Graziano said the clinic will also prevent emergency room visits in another way: helping people get mental health support before their difficulties turn into a crisis. It’s intended for people who don’t know exactly where to turn, she said.

“It’s a new and different way to access services,” said Graziano. “So rather than call and make an appointment, you come in, and then we will call and make appointments for you for follow-up care.”

Rochester Regional Health CEO Eric Bieber said the center’s opening is timely. “We all know we’re in an opioid epidemic,” he said. “We have all sorts of access today to help us treat patients, but I think sometimes people don’t realize what’s here and what’s available.”

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

Dave Lana was 61 when he died of an opioid overdose in January.

It was fentanyl, his wife, Angela, said. He got the drugs in Monroe County and overdosed a few miles away at his father’s house in Ontario County.

Dave had struggled with drug addiction since he was a young teenager, said Angela and his older brother John. John, now 64, said he’s in long-term recovery from his own addiction, and he’s been drug-free for almost 20 years. Still, he’s had his own close brushes with death.

The Do Not Drink Advisory for the Village of Rushville’s Public Water Supply, including customers in the Middlesex Water District, is discontinued.

That according to the NYS Health Department, which says that samples collected on 10/11/2018 and 10/12/2018 confirmed that the blue-green algae toxin microcystin no longer exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisory level in water delivered to consumers.

Officials say the water is acceptable for drinking, food preparation and all other household uses.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  New York state health officials say 39 children have been found to have a virus that in rare cases, causes a polio-like condition.

Authorities say they have no confirmed cases of the nervous system condition called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, in New York.  But there is a suspected case in Buffalo involving a 3-year-old boy.

Doctors at Oishei Childen's Hospital said Friday the boy suddenly lost strength in his legs in September and remains hospitalized.

Trillium Health

Rochester has a representative on a task force working on what Gov. Andrew Cuomo says is the state’s first strategy to eliminate hepatitis C.

Cuomo named Trillium Health innovation director Ashley Zuppelli to the group Thursday. Zuppelli said the task force’s work is important.

The New York state health department is recommending that people who are served by the Village of Rushville’s Public Water Supply, including customers in the Middlesex Water District, use an alternate source of water for drinking, cooking, making infant formula, making ice, and preparing food and beverages until further notice.

Fifty people registered as organ donors in the first two hours of an enrollment drive this week at St. John Fisher College.

It is just one event scheduled on Wednesday in a statewide effort to boost the number of New Yorkers on the registry.  New York ranks last among the 50 states in the percentage of adults ( 32 % )who are registered.

Members of St. John Fisher's men's lacrosse team are encouraging people to sign up. Organ donation is an issue close to the heart of their head coach, Dave Dobbins.


Monroe County is recognizing the latest graduates of its Nurse-Family Partnership Program.

The program pairs expectant first-time mothers with registered nurses to guide them through pregnancy and provide education and support when their baby is born.

"My nurse, she was like, the best,” said Regina Simmons. “I just loved it. I just wish every mother would be able to experience this program."

University of Rochester Medical Center

The University of Rochester Medical Center has received a multimillion-dollar federal grant to study Parkinson’s disease, the university announced Wednesday. The $9.2 million award will fund the creation of a new research center, officials said.

“We are currently in the midst of a Parkinson’s pandemic,” said Ray Dorsey, the principal investigator of the new center. “The number of people with Parkinson’s disease globally has doubled from 1990 to 2015, and absent change, the number of people with Parkinson’s disease will double again in the coming 25 years.”