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Stop the Bleed Day
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On March 31, we’ll be participating in National Stop the Bleed Day. Instructors Mickey Forness from SWREMSCO and Brian Wilcox from Mercy Flight will be leading two classes in the STHCS Training Center on that day. The Stop the Bleed program was developed by the American College of Surgeons in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. Stop the Bleed is intended to prepare anyone, including community members, to be able to respond to save a life. A person with massive bleeding from an injury can die from loss of blood in as little as five minutes. In an active shooter situation or an accident in one of our rural communities, help may not arrive or be cleared to enter the scene until it is too late. The Stop the Bleed class teaches bystanders how to stop bleeding using tourniquets, pressure and dressings. Hands-on training is a crucial part of the experience. Please help us spread the word about this life-saving training. If you are interested in attending or hosting a training, please contact Alicia at stems@sthcs.org or (716) 372-0614 ext. 207.
 
Cattaraugus County Heroin/Opioid Task Force
I attended the Cattaraugus County Heroin/Opioid Task Force meeting last Friday. While the Task Force noted that the data seems to indicate that our coordinated efforts are making an impact, the eleven lives lost to opioid overdose in 2017 are still too many. We continue to work together to develop new ways to combat drug use in our communities. Avi Israel, founder of Save the Michaels of the World was a guest speaker at the Task Force meeting. Mr. Israel lost his son to suicide and opioid addiction in 2010. Following the loss of his son, Mr. Israel worked to advocate for the passage of I-STOP prescription monitoring legislation in New York State. The organization continues to advocate for responsible prescribing practices and also provides support to individuals who are seeking treatment or are in recovery. They help family members understand and support loved ones who are in recovery, too. Mr. Israel offered the services of Save the Michaels of the World for residents of Cattaraugus, Allegany and Chautauqua counties. We are fortunate to have organizations like Save the Michaels working alongside us to fight the opioid epidemic.
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