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April 22, 2014

Health Notes: April 22, 2014

Treasure Chests to meet Wednesday

PLATTSBURGH — The Treasure Chests Breast Cancer Support Group will meet Wednesday, April 23, at the FitzPatrick Cancer Center at CVPH Medical Center.

Contact Elli with any questions at 562-7148 or ecollins@cvph.org.

Chamber plans Health Insurance Open Houses

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce has announced they will host monthly Health Insurance Open Houses for their members and the Saranac Lake area in coordination with the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

The Open Houses will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. The Saranac Lake Chamber office is located at 193 River St., Saranac Lake.

Through its licensed subsidiary, the Plattsburgh-North Country Service Corp., the chamber is offering health insurance assistance throughout the North Country region to small businesses, nonprofits, employers of all kinds, self-employed people, individuals and their families, a press release states. Its trained and licensed professionals can answer questions and assist with available health insurance choices both on and off the new State Exchange, at no cost to the client.

For more information, contact the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 891-1990 or email katy@saranaclake.com. For answers to questions about the new health insurance market, assistance with enrollment or to make an appointment, contact Sandra Duquette at the North Country Chamber at 563-1000.

Vt. Board has new rules for prescribing opiates

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Medical Practice Board has issued new rules designed to prevent the abuse of prescription opiate-based painkillers.

The rules for physicians who prescribe opiates are the first update in nine years.

The rules come as the state is confronting an ongoing opiate and heroin epidemic.

The new policy encourages doctors to screen patients needing pain medication for any history of mental health disorders and alcohol or drug abuse. It also advises doctors to use a system that tracks prescriptions for controlled substances, to make sure patients aren’t seeking opiate medications from multiple sources.

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