Health and Medicine

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This is National Suicide Prevention Week and locally the Suicide Prevention Council of Roanoke Valley is gearing up for presentations at local middle schools that begin next Tuesday. The first meeting geared towards parents is at Cave Spring Middle School on September 18th at 6-30. There’s also a free documentary screening this Friday morning at the Grandin Theatre; “The Ripple Effect” is about a young man who survived a jump from the Golden Gate Bridge and now counsels others on “staying alive.” Ray Bemis is coordinator for the Council:

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Beth Macy’s first two non-fiction books were widely acclaimed and both have been optioned for movies – “Factory Man” by Tom Hanks and “Truevine” by Leonardo DeCaprio. Macy’s latest release about the opioid crisis in southwestern Virginia – “Dopesick” – might work better as a miniseries due to the complexity of the issue. On WFIR live in-studio this morning the former Roanoke Times reporter says the problem dates back more than 20 years. The complete conversation follows below:

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Ralph Northam

WISE, Va. (AP) – Gov. Ralph Northam is set to visit a health clinic in Southwest Virginia that’s expected to draw thousands of people seeking free care. Northam’s office announced that he will attend the Remote Area Medical clinic at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Northam is a pediatric neurologist who has treated patients at the clinic in the past. This is 19th year the event will be held at the fairgrounds. Patients will receive provide dental, medical and vision care. All care is offered free of charge. Registration begins at 6 a.m. daily from July 20 through July 22. Services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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