Crouse Hospital

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The epidemic of heroin and opioid painkiller abuse was on display in a packed forum last night at Syracuse’s Civic Center.  The event emphasized the incredible scope of the growing problem…but also some ways to attack it. 

A crowd of more than 250 people came to a weekday evening meeting which showed the size and concern over the heroin problem.  It’s pointed out by at least one statistic: an 800% increase in heroin admissions at Crouse Hospital’s treatment facility.  

(A list of treatment resources below)

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  Crouse Hospital will be able to help more people with their heroin addiction thanks to assistance from the State Legislature.  Hospital treatment officials got a chance to meet some of their benefactors Tuesday.

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  On the 80th Anniversary of Women’s Day at the New York State Fair… Leading ladies have returned to Central New York to inspire and empower women. Syracuse native Yvonne Conte began as a stand-up comic but has been motivating and encouraging women through motivational speaking for almost 20 years.  She was the keynote speaker for today’s annual luncheon.

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  Onondaga Community College’s Surgical Technician Program is receiving a lot of attention after recent graduates earned high scores on the national certification exam. The 10 month program at OCC is a crash-course in physiology and surgical procedure, where students learn the skills needed to assist surgeons and nurses during surgeries.