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UB students work together to address opioid crisis during Fall Interprofessional Forum

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences hosted “Confronting Opioid Dependence: An Interprofessional Strategy” as part of its annual Fall Interprofessional Forum on Thursday. Roughly 800 UB students from UB’s 10 health professions programs participated in three sessions that provided an overview of the severity of the opioid crisis in Erie County, as well as concrete, interdisciplinary steps that practitioners can take to address the crisis, according to UBNow.

UB School of Pharmacy collects over 9,000 pounds of drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Roughly 60 students from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences participated in the take-back effort, a “safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs,” according to the official website for the event.

Students were stationed at 13 locations around Western New York, including hospitals, town halls, schools and fire departments. By the end of the day, over 9,000 pounds of medications were collected and disposed of, according to UBNow.


Arrest made in connection with Allen Street shooting

Buffalo Police arrested 30-year-old Jeremy Wright in connection with the fatal shooting of Saleem Merukeb on Nov. 3, according to WKBW. Wright is charged with second-degree murder. The shooting took place outside of Frizzy’s Bar at around 1:30 a.m.

Wright will appear for a felony hearing on Nov. 16. At 9:30 a.m. If convicted, Wright will face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Hamburg man charged with DWI after being found driving with a light post lodged under vehicle

Orchard Park Police received several phone calls on Friday about a vehicle dragging a 25-foot metal light pole behind it down Route 219, according to WKBW. The driver, 39-year-old Raymond Duggan of Hamburg, struck the pole on Cliff Street while entering the 190 ramp and it becomes lodged under his car. The light pole became dislodged just before police caught up with the driver, and slid across the road covering both lanes of Southbound traffic. Dugan has been released on bail and will appear in Orchard Park town court.


Alabama Republican Senate candidate accused of pursuing inappropriate relationships with teen girls

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of pursuing relationships with teenage girls when he was in his thirties. GOP leaders have said that Moore will have to step aside if these allegations prove to be true. Moore has denied the claims, calling them “fake news” and a “desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party,” despite the fact that his accuser is a registered Republican.

State department will offer buyouts in an effort to cut costs

A State Department official told ABC News that the department is offering voluntary buyouts and early retirement incentives which amount to up to $25,000 in an attempt to cut personnel by 641 employees by the end of 2018. The Trump administration wants to reduce the size of the State Department in order to “reduce unnecessary supervisory levels and organizational layering,” according to ABC News. The government’s Office of Personnel Management and Office of Management and Budget both approved the buyouts.


Deadly earthquake hits Iraq and Iran

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, leading to more than 200 deaths, according to The Guardian. The earthquake struck roughly 14 miles beneath the surface. Shallow-depth earthquakes like this lead to greater damage.

The deputy governor of Kermanshah said on state television he expects the death toll to rise.

“There are still people under the rubble. We hope the number of dead and injured won’t rise too much, but it will rise,” Mojtaba Nikkerdar said.

Spanish prime minister hopes elections will bring end to end Catalan ‘separatist havoc’

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said next month’s regional elections in Catalonia next month will end the “separatist havoc,” according to BBC News. The elections are being held following last month’s disputed referendum in which Catalonia declared independence. The Spanish government has since declared that this referendum was illegal and dissolved the Catalan parliament.

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