Category: Blog Posts


Be a Family Day STAR!

Monday, September 27th, marks the 21st anniversary of Family Day: Making Every Day Special, founded in 2001 by the Center on Addiction.  Research by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University has consistently found that…

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Gambling Problems Don’t Make You a Terrible Person

Often when problem gambling makes headlines, the focus is on the financial toll and the devastation experienced by spouses, children, and other loved ones. Although these are very impactful consequences of someone’s gambling problem, it can unfairly vilify the person…

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Parenting Strategies for Children Struggling with Homework

School-aged children are facing their first exposure to the concept of a job. They have to show up at school every day, do what’s asked of them, and finish work at home for the next day. While it may be…

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32nd National Recovery Month

This September marks the 32nd National Recovery Month, an observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding…

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International Overdose Awareness Day

Tomorrow, August 31 marks the 21st International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), 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…

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Covid-19 Stops with me! Get the facts to protect yourself! National Immunization Awareness Month

Can you get infected with Covid-19 from the vaccine? No, a person cannot get infected with COVID-19 from the vaccine as it does not contain the live virus. Instead, it teaches our immune systems how to recognize and fight the…

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Local Marijuana Retailer and Consumption Sites Opt-Out

On March 31, New York State Governor signed the Marihuana Regulation & Tax Act (MRTA) legalizing the adult-use (21+) cannabis in New York State. While there are currently no stores open to purchase adult-use cannabis, the possession and use of…

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Enjoy the Outdoors Safely this Summer

Allegany County is a great place for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the outdoors in the warm summer months. As a Forest Ranger, which are police officers within DEC’s Division of Forest Protection, our main duties in this great…

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Problem Gambling & Pride Month

Happy Pride Month!  June is established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals have had on the world. LGBTQIA+ groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate…

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National Prevention Week: Preventing Suicide

This May for Mental Health Awareness Month, we are working with Partners for Prevention and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to send the message that no one’s mental health is fully supported until everyone’s mental health is supported. We…

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