Chautauqua County Reports Two Fatal Overdoses In March

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: nchrc.orgMAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is warning residents that there has been a spike in overdoses in the past month, and that may be a sign that a strong batch of heroin is in the area. From March 29 to March 31 alone, there were two fatal overdoses and three non-fatal overdoses reported.  A large cluster of drug overdose deaths has also been reported in Erie County.Due to circumstances, officials believe this spike is due primarily to street drugs, especially heroin, being laced with fentanyl.“From March 1 to March 31, there were 45 overdoses in Chautauqua County that we are aware of and sadly, two of those were fatal,” said Christine Schuyler, Director of Health and Human Services. “This is very scary. On average, 19 overdoses per month were reported in 2019. If you are with someone who experiences an overdose, call 911, and administer naloxone (Narcan) if it is available.” Although the focus of attention at this unprecedented time is the COVID-19 crisis, substance misuse and the overdose crisis have not relented.Current evidence suggests that it has become more dangerous to use drugs from the street as the amount of fentanyl in street drugs is rising and it can be found in heroin, meth, cocaine and marijuana.“Remember – don’t use alone, test your drugs with fentanyl test strips, and have multiple doses of Narcan available,” said Schuyler.  “There is help and there is hope.”The MHA has many resources to assist individuals suffering substance use disorders and their families.Per Steven Cobb, Executive Director of MHA in Chautauqua County, “MHA will help anyone.  There is no requirement to stop using, and no judgment from an MHA coach.  We are willing to help you use in a safer way, get food, find stable housing, and get medical care.”Recovery Coaches from the Mental Health Association (MHA) are available to help anyone get connected with treatment seven days a week by calling 716-661-9044 from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight.Access to MAT (medication assisted treatment) in Chautauqua County is now readily available through TLC Health, UPMC Chautauqua, The Resource Center, The Chautauqua Center, and The Chautauqua County Mental Health clinics.The Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline, 1-800-724-0461, is available if you are experiencing a personal crisis or are in emotional distress.Evergreen Health Services in Chautauqua County has seen higher than normal reports of Narcan use from their patients in March.“This overdose crisis is a public health issue as well as one of stigma. As a health care provider serving patients every day in Chautauqua County, we know we need to make resources accessible in a manner that is as non-judgmental as possible,” said Emma Fabian, senior director of harm reduction at Evergreen Health. “Narcan is a medication that has the ability to block the effects of opioids and overturn an overdose – and it’s readily available to community members at our Syringe Exchange Program in Jamestown. We are proud to be one of many partners in the area working to reduce the risk of fatal overdoses by providing harm reduction tools.”Evergreen Health is a good resource of health information and services for people who use drugs; they remain open (320 Prather Ave. Suite 100, Jamestown, NY – note temporary change of location during COVID-19 pandemic), and have Narcan kits to distribute.  There is no cost for a kit, and training only takes about 10 minutes.  Visit www.Evergreenhs.org  or call 716-541-0678 for Evergreen’s most up to date hours, locations and services.Chautauqua County government and its partners encourage people who use drugs, and their family members, to take advantage of local resources for harm reduction and recovery. People who use drugs and their families should obtain a naloxone (Narcan) kit if they do not have one on hand, and should be prepared to call 911. Visit https://combataddictionchq.com/ to learn about chemical dependency services available throughout the County.The New York State 911 Good Samaritan Law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest if they are having a drug or alcohol overdose that requires emergency medical care or if they witness someone overdosing.If you use drugs, build a safety plan that works for you.  Your health and life matter.  Anyone who uses drugs can overdose.  Know the facts:Fentanyl is in the drug supply.Fentanyl is 50-100 times stronger than heroin.A small amount of fentanyl can cause an overdose.Fentanyl is mixed into heroin and can be added to other drugs such as pills, cocaine, and crystal meth.Naloxone DOES reverse the effects of fentanyl.A drug-free period will lower your toleranceMixing drugs, medications and alcohol increases the risk of overdose.last_img read more

One More Patient Recovers From COVID-19, No New Cases Reported Monday

first_imgWNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – One more person has recovered from COVID-19 in Chautauqua County.Health officials during their Monday afternoon update also reported no new cases today.So far, there remain a total of 37 confirmed cases with four active, 29 recovered and four deaths.As of 4:30 p.m. Cattaraugus County has not yet provided a COVID-19 update. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

Morrisroe Touts Local Labor Organizations Endorsements

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via the Law Office of Richard J. Morrisroe.DUNKIRK – Democratic Chautauqua County Executive candidate Rich Morrisroe has announced he has received a series of endorsements from local labor organizations.“I am honored to have earned the support of my brothers and sisters in the United Auto Workers Local 2231, Laborers’ Local 621, and the Southwestern NY Building and Construction Trades,” said Morrisroe in a statment. “Organized labor is the backbone of a healthy economy and I will fight for a better tomorrow and shared prosperity for all workers every single day when I am elected County Executive.”The Morrisroe campaign has made restructuring the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) and investing in infrastructure, including working with the State Department of Transportation to make major upgrades to Route 60, top priorities for his campaign.The CCIDA is one of the worst performing IDAs in New York State when it comes to job creation and Morrisroe wants to build an IDA that provides economic incentives that benefit workers and the community, not just corporations, his campaign said. “When taxpayer dollars are used to attract a company, or used to subsidize tax incentives, that investment should be tied to living wages, local hiring provisions, and meaningful claw back clauses for companies that over promise and underdeliver on jobs and wages,” said Morrisroe.last_img read more

Warren County Sporting Goods Store Enhancing COVID-19 Precautions

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via talltalesoutdoor.com.RUSSELL – A outdoors store in Warren County is implementing new COVID-19 precautions as new cases of the virus continue to increase in the area.Tall Tales Sporting Goods in Russell is moving to curbside pickup for all non-firearm purchases starting Saturday.They are urging customers to order online, choosing the in-store pick-up option.Once the order is ready, the store will call and let the customer know. When customers arrive, they are asked to say in their vehicles and staff will bring the order out to them. Additionally, the stores is not selling hunting or fishing licenses for the time being and all firearm purchases will need to be made on an appointment basis.“Customers can order online and choose in store pick-up,” said staff in a post on their website. “We will call you once we have processed your order and schedule an appointment for pick up and firearm transfer.”They say only one person will be allowed in the store by appointment.“You will not be allowed to browse or shop in the store during this time,” they furthered. “You must be wearing a face covering for your appointment. No mask, no entry, no exceptions.”last_img read more

FBI Joins Local Police In Drug Sweep Of Area Follow Year Long Investigation

first_img2585 South Work Street Extension in Ellicott. Image by Kyle Heelas / 716 Network on Facebook.FALCONER – The FBI, along with local law enforcement, raided several homes and a business in and around the Falconer area this week.Known as Operation Crazy Ivan, police recovered several pounds of marijuana, cocaine, dozens of firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammo and thousands of dollars in cash.In total, investigators raided three locations early Wednesday morning, Turney’s Auto Repair and Sales on Route 394 in Kennedy, 2585 South Work Street Extension in Ellicott and 209 West Avenue in Falconer.Image by Jamestown Police.Then, throughout the day on Wednesday several other locations in Jamestown were searched with more ammo and cash discovered. Police say as their investigation continues and charges are likely against several people involved.The Jamestown Police Department SWAT Team, Ellicott Police Department, Dunkirk Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force assisted the FBI in the year long investigation. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

American Psycho is Aiming for Broadway

first_imgThe American Psycho musical adaptation, which had been set to make its U.S. premiere at Second Stage off-Broadway in February 2015, has now been confirmed to be aiming for Broadway in the fall of 2015. The New York Times reports that the show’s rights holder, Act 4 Entertainment, is in talks with Great White Way producers.The musical thriller premiered at London’s Almeida Theatre in December 2013 and the off-Broadway incarnation had ben rumoured to have tapped Great White Way alum Benjamin Walker to star as Patrick Bateman.American Psycho features music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy winner Duncan Sheik and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the musical follows 26-year-old Patrick Bateman: a sophisticated, rich and devastatingly handsome Wall Street banker in 1980s New York City. He’s got a sculpted body, a model-gorgeous girlfriend and a to-die-for apartment. There’s just one snag: Patrick can’t get the blood out of his $5000 suits, because he also has a murderous, psychopathic alter ego that he hides from his friends and co-workers. The novel was adopted into an acclaimed film in 2000 starring Christian Bale. American Psycho Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016last_img read more

Al Pacino Will Headline David Mamet’s China Doll on B’way in Fall 2015

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2016 China Doll Related Shows View Comments Al Pacino says he is to tackle “one of the most daunting and challenging roles I’ve been given to explore onstage.” As we previously reported, the Tony and Oscar winner will return to Broadway next year in a new play by David Mamet. We now know that Pacino will lead China Doll, which will begin performances in October 2015 at a Shubert theater to be announced later. Pam MacKinnon will direct.”China Doll is a play about a wealthy man, his young fiancé, and an airplane,” said Mamet, in a statement. “The man has just bought a new plane as a wedding present for the girl. He intends to go into semiretirement, and enjoy himself. He’s in the process of leaving his office, and is giving last minute instructions to his young assistant. He takes one last phone call…The characters are Mickey Ross, a billionaire; Carson, the assistant, and a telephone. I wrote it for Al. It is better than oral sex.” Carson is yet to be cast.Pacino won Tony Awards for The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?, and received an additional nomination for The Merchant of Venice. His other Broadway credits include Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Hughie, Chinese Coffee, American Buffalo and King Richard III. His many film credits include The Godfather trilogy, Scent of a Woman, Heat, Serpico, Scarface, Angels in America, Insomnia, Any Given Sunday, The Insider and Donnie Brasco.last_img read more

Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka Will Get Freaky on AHS

first_img Harris reportedly penned a letter to Murphy, expressing his interest in appearing on the FX series’ fourth season. Murphy responded with an unofficial offer in the form of a tweet. According to Entertainment Weekly, Harris and Burtka were initially offered a role as the dysfunctional gay couple Chad and Patrick (in the end, the roles were played by Zachary Quinto and Teddy Sears). The two are just the latest in a string of Broadway vets to join the Ryan Murphy project. In addition to Lange, the list includes Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy, Denis O’Hare, Patti LaBelle and Finn Wittrock. Neil Patrick Harris is officially joining American Horror Story: Freak Show…but WAIT! There’s more! The Tony and Emmy winner is bringing along his hubby, the newly-announced Broadway-bound David Burtka. According to TVLine, Harris will have a two episode-arc at the end of the season as a chameleon salesman, and Burtka will have a steamy storyline opposite Jessica Lange’s Elsa Mars. We wonder what anachronistic number they’ll inevitably perform together? Harris took home the 2014 Tony Award for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He hosted the Tonys in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009, winning Emmys for all four years. He also has an Emmy for his guest stint on Glee, and hosted the ceremony in 2009 and 2013. Next up: Hosting the Oscars. Burtka, who will return to Broadway this spring in It Shoulda Been You, made his Great White Way debut as Tulsa in the 2003 revival of Gypsy. Other stage credits include The Play About the Baby and The Opposite of Sex. His TV credits include The West Wing, Crossing Jordan and How I Met Your Mother.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Quvenzhane Wallis Takes to the Roof in New Annie Clip

View Comments Who needs maids and butlers when you have a smart house? Take a look below at a clip from the upcoming Annie remake, featuring lots of You Can’t Take It With You’s Rose Byrne and a revamped take on the familiar tune “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here.” Annie’s new home gets a 21st-century makeover, with an automated chocolate milk dispenser, a heated pool and more. Be careful, Annie. It appears that Will Stacks likes a lot of open flames in his home design. Seriously—we don’t remember an incendiary piano in the original Annie, but we kind of want one now. Catch Annie in movie theaters beginning December 19!

B’way at the Oscars: Birdman Takes Nine Nods, But Where’s Woods?

first_img Two current Broadway stars (and one tapped to come here soon) received recognition for their film performances. The Elephant Man headliner Bradley Cooper picked up an Actor in a Leading Role for American Sniper. Meanwhile, the Actress in a Supporting Role category, in addition to Streep for her performance as The Witch in Into the Woods, included Cabaret star Emma Stone and Olivier nominee Keira Knightley, who is slated to make her Broadway debut later this year in Thérèse Raquin. Rounding out the category are Patricia Arquette for Boyhood and Laura Dern for Wild. Among those joining Cooper in the race for Actor in a Leading Role are Tony winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Olivier winner Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Steve Carell (Foxcatcher). Broadway alum Julianne Moore earned an Actress in a Leading Role nomination for her Golden Globe-winning performance in Still Alice. The 2015 Academy Awards will take place on February 22, hosted by Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris. For a full list of nominees, click here. This marked the first year only eight films received Oscar nominations for Best Picture; in the running with Birdman for the top prize are American Sniper, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash. Into the Woods picked up nominations for Costume Design and Production Design. Rob Marshall, who earned a nomination in 2002 for directing the Oscar-winning Chicago, was not recognized for helming the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine flick. Birdman was nominated for Original Screenplay; among the writers are Alexander Dinelaris, who will pen the book for the upcoming Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical On Your Feet!. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was nominated for his direction of the film, and the movie also picked up nods for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Cinematography. The nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced on January 15. The Broadway-focused Birdman, along with The Grand Budapest Hotel, led the pack with nine nods each. And while the film adaptation of Into the Woods earned three nominations, including one for Meryl Streep, it was shut out of the Best Picture category. The Actor in a Supporting Role category also included some names familiar to the theater community: Tony nominee Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher) and Broadway alums Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Robert Duvall (The Judge). They were joined by Edward Norton (Birdman). View Commentslast_img read more