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Prescription Drug Drop-Off Held Saturday

WESTERN NEW YORK -- Drug drop-offs were held at 30 locations across Western New York Saturday in an effort to keep unwanted or unused prescriptions out of the hands of drug abusers.

About 85 cars stopped at the West Seneca Senior Center and dropped off 100 pounds of pills in just the first hour.  In past years, that site has collected two to four tons of unwanted pills.

Pharmacy students from area colleges and universities volunteered to identify and count the pills, which will later be destroyed.

Prescription drug abuse is being described as an epidemic in Western New York.  Abusers often think prescription meds are a safer alternative to street drugs like cocaine or heroin.

Trauma-Based Coalition Hosting Conference Examining Connection of Childhood Distress on Adult Health

Trauma-Based Coalition Hosting Conference Examining Connection of Childhood Distress on Adult Health

Could the impact of childhood trauma contribute to emotional, behavioral and physical health problems in adults, creating a need for more detailed care? Robin Karr-Morse and Meredith S. Wiley, authors of the book Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease, invite you to hear their research on the topic of early-life trauma on adult disease during a conference Nov. 6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center Butler Wellness Clinic, 400 Forest Ave., Buffalo.  

Hosted by the Trauma-Informed Community Initiative of Western New York (TICIWNY), the conference is designed to explore how the community can work to become more informed about the effects of trauma, providing trauma-informed care and trauma-specific services.

Emergency Demolition of Albion Warehouse Follows Fire

ALBION, NY - A more than 100-year-old warehouse on West Avenue met the wrecker's ball Friday afternoon, just about 24 hours after a major fire ripped through the structure.

Now the building is being demolished, although concerns remain about the safety of the people and structures close to the factory. For now, crews are pushing the outer walls inside, even as the fire continues to smolder inside.

Watch the video above to see a close call that occurred at the site on Friday. A fire chief narrowly avoids being crushed as one of the building's outer walls falls outside rather than inside the structure's footprint.

The demolition is expected to take a few days.

Big Warehouse Fire in Albion Prompts 'Lockdown'

ALBION, NY - Nearby residents were on "lockdown" as fire crews from four counties battled a large warehouse fire on West Avenue at Hamilton Street in this Orleans County community Thursday afternoon.

A building housing wooden pallets caught fire at about 4 p.m. and emergency workers were concerned that it might spread to the building next door that houses methyl chloride, a toxic chemical.

Neighbors were instructed to stay indoors with their windows closed.

The chemicals were later removed from the neighboring building, home to the Empire Coating company.

The fire started when the owner of the pallet company and another person were using a grinder on some metal pipes on the second floor. Sparks from the grinder are blamed for starting the fire. Both people were able to leave the building without incident.

Fire crews from Orleans, Monroe, Genesee and Niagara counties responded to the fire. 

Mill Road Scenic Overlook Closer to Success

Mill Road Scenic Overlook Closer to Success


Now in their final 90 days of fundraising, The Friends of Mill Road are excited to announce two additional major gifts, propelling the project closer to a successful finish before its Dec. 31 deadline.  

Police Warning About Cell Phone Robberies

BUFFALO, N.Y.- Buffalo police are warning the public about cell phone robberies near the D'Youville College area and in other parts of the city.

Police say in a handful of recent incidents, the suspect or suspects have come upon the victim and snatched cell phones from their hands as they were walking.

Police are reminding residents not to be distracted by cell phones or other electronic devices and to be aware of your surroundings and travel in groups if possible.

Anyone with information regarding these cell phone robberies is asked to call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line at (716)847-2255.

Community-Wide Effort To Battle Epidemic Of Painkiller Abuse

BUFFALO, NY-- "Painkillers Kill."

That's the message of a new community-wide effort in Western New York to battle the epidemic of young people abusing prescription pain killers like Oxycontin and Vicodin, which are as potent as heroin.

No one knows that better than Julie and Avi Israel, whose 20 year old son Michael killed himself after becoming addicted to his prescription pain medication.

Avi Israel: "We didn't know what it meant for Michael to be addicted. To us it was like 'you gotta be kidding me, what are you addicted to? You're taking your medication that you got from the doctor,' and that's what he said 'I'm addicted to what I'm taking from the doctor.'"

The message will go out through television, radio, billboards and on line at the website www.painkillerskill.org.