Category: Blog Posts


30th National Recovery Month

This September marks the 30th National Recovery Month, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  According to this year’s toolkit, one facet of this year’s theme,…

Read More

International Overdose Awareness Day

This August 31 marks the 19th International Overdose Awareness Day, started in Melbourne, Australia, in 2001. Sally Finn, a manager of the Salvation Army syringe program, saw the sorrow that families experienced when they lost their loved ones to a…

Read More

Tobacco Litter STILL #1

Summer means outside activities such as, hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, and enjoying many local festivals. Participating in any of these events also means you probably come across the most littered item in the world, cigarette butts. Even though smoking traditional…

Read More

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Adult Protective Services (APS) is the division of Social Services that investigates reports of suspected abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults in the community. This includes financial exploitation. Financial exploitation occurs for a number of reasons; sometimes the motive is…

Read More

Enjoy the Outdoors Safely in Allegany County this Summer

We are fortunate here in Allegany County to be surrounded by over 60,000 acres of public lands, all of which are available for both residents and visitors to experience year round, but become even more accessible during the warm late…

Read More

Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition Supports National Prevention Week

Ever wonder how you can help prevent suicide in Allegany County? In support of SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week, and as a member of Partners for Prevention, the Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition strives to educate community members about suicide prevention,…

Read More

New York Youth Speak Out At Tobacco Giant’s Shareholder Meeting

Teens Say They Won’t Be “FUULed” by the Company’s Latest Bait and Switch Tactics 120 teen leaders from New York State will took on Altria Group executives and shareholders on May 16th for the fourth consecutive year. Their actions, centered…

Read More

Marijuana and Illicit Drug Use

Parents, did you know that marijuana can be addictive?  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), those who begin to use marijuana before age 18 are more likely to develop marijuana use disorder than adults.  Short-term effects while…

Read More

National Prevention Week: Underage Drinking

Parents, did you know that, according to the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA), nearly 52% of New York State students in grades 7-12 reported that their parents had never talked to them about the dangers of underage…

Read More

Kickoff to National Prevention Week: Prevention Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse

Monday, May 13 kicks of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Prevention Week. The three primary goals of National Prevention Week are to: Involve communities in raising awareness of substance use and mental health issues and…

Read More