Opioids

Peter Breitnauer with his attorney Tom Eoannou leaving the federal courthouse after sentencing. April 10, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
April 10, 2019 - 1:47 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - "Pain and dedication" That was the explanation from Tom Eoannou, the attorney for former Kenmore Police Chief Peter Breitnauer, about why his client made the decision to steal prescription drugs from a dropbox at the Kenmore Police Station last year, which led to his arrest...
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(Photo: Patrick Sison, AP)
March 26, 2019 - 1:32 pm
TONAWANDA (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - Two Tonawanda paramedics have been suspended with pay after being accused of stealing prescription drugs from a drug dropbox inside the police station. Joe Emminger is the Town of Tonawanda supervisor, and on Twitterm he chimed in as to why they were suspended...
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March 26, 2019 - 6:09 am
Tonawanda, N.Y. (WBEN) - Two Town of Tonawanda Paramedics are accused of stealing prescription drugs from the drug deposit container located in Town of Tonawanda Police Headquarters. The two paramedics were arrested Friday night by Town of Tonawanda Police on suspicion of criminal possession of a...
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Brendan Keany
February 07, 2019 - 1:19 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - The UB School of Pharmacy has been awarded a grant of thousands of Deterra Drug Deactivation systems, that they, in collaboration with Chris Jacobs, will distribute throughout Western New York. These systems are basically a pouch that contain a charcoal based...
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US Attorney JP Kennedy (right) and John Flynn (podium) unveil new measure for law enforcement to battle opioid epidemic. February 6, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
February 06, 2019 - 4:20 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Law enforcement across Erie County will now treat opioid overdoses as crime scenes. The new policy calls for state and local law enforcement officers to input information into their on-board computers and to follow certain protocols for the processing of overdose scenes...
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From left to right: Howard Hitzel of Best Self Behavior Health, Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz discuss employees battling addiction in the workplace. January 8, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
January 09, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - County leaders and health experts discussed the role employers should have in the fight against opioids addiction and recovery. The discussion, held Tuesday, promoted the idea that an employer should assist one of their employees struggling with addiction to opioids instead...
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Mike Baggerman
January 08, 2019 - 12:21 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The partial government shutdown has an effect against Erie County's ongoing fight against the opioid epidemic, according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. "There were three grants that we received last year," Poloncarz told WBEN on Tuesday. "Large grants from the...
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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. September 26, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
December 08, 2018 - 6:47 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Doctors at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center released a study which found that pain after surgery can be effectively managed with minimal or no opioids. The two-year study at Roswell Park followed over 1,200 patients who underwent gynecologic or abdominal surgery and...
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Opioid Hotline Number in Erie County. (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
November 02, 2018 - 5:58 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A conference in Buffalo will explore "harm reduction" strategies to the opioid crisis. Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein is among 150 service providers, medical professionals and others scheduled to attend the daylong session on Friday. It's organized by Evergreen...
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Opioid Hotline Number in Erie County. (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
October 09, 2018 - 4:02 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County received $3.4 million in grant money from the federal government to combat the opioid epidemic. The funding came from three different grants including two from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services. The DOJ issued approximately...
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