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Westchester AIDS Advocates Demand Expansion of Lifesaving benefit to End AIDS in New York

October 21, 2014 | For Immediate Release Contact: Jennifer Flynn, (917) 517-5202 or jennifer@vocal-ny.org Statewide campaign to update eligibility requirements for low-income HIV+ New Yorkers is first proactive expansion of welfare in a decade; Necessary component to achieve Governor Cuomo’s Plan to End AIDS Mt. Vernon, NY – A broad coalition of leading HIV/AIDS organizations, […]

Substance.com: Power to the People Who Use Drugs: America’s Drug User Unions

Power to the People Who Use Drugs: America’s Drug User Unions Formed to fight for “nothing about us without us” and promote health, drug user unions foster solidarity and some schisms. They’re meeting in Baltimore next week to hammer out a national plan. by Tessie Castillo | October 16, 2014 In the smoke-filled living room […]

Advocates & Doctors Oppose NYS Medicaid Restriction on Access to Hep C Cure

October 6, 2014 | Today a coalition of 40 community health organizations, medical professionals, and others from across New York State issued comments on proposed guidelines by the state’s Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board that would greatly restrict access to Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), the backbone of new, highly effective treatment for hepatitis C (HCV) infection. If […]

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Why I Marched Sunday (And How Mayor de Blasio Made it Worth It) Brian Pearson | September 22, 2014 I had two reasons for marching in the People’s Climate March on Sunday. First, I wanted to send a message that low-income people and people of color care about climate change. Across the globe, from New […]

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We Need to Change the Climate By Robert Tolbert | September 22, 2014 We need to change the climate. Yes, I am speaking about the actual climate. We need to stop fracking. We need to clean up our air and water. We need to recycle, rebuild, and retrofit. But we also need to change our […]

Capital New York: In D.C., Bassett urges looser restrictions on opioid therapies

In D.C., Bassett urges looser restrictions on opioid therapies Dan Goldberg | September 16, 2014 The city health commissioner went to Washington Tuesday and urged Congress to make it easier for doctors to prescribe drugs that wean people off of heroin and other opioids. Dr. Mary Bassett was one of three health officials from large […]

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As Staten Island battles drug overdoses, are local solutions the answer? Anna Sanders | September 16, 2014 CITY HALL — As Staten Island and other New York municipalities continue to battle a drug overdose epidemic, some believe the answer can be found in local communities. “New York is huge, we’ve got very diverse communities and […]

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NYC lawmakers call for compassion in treating drug overdoses Marisa Taylor | September 16, 2014 NEW YORK CITY — Public health advocates and legislators rallied on the steps of New York City Hall on Tuesday morning, calling for a more compassionate approach to the city’s burgeoning drug overdose problem. “When we talk about drug addiction, […]

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NYC Rally Demands a More Compassionate, Effective Response to OD Deaths A rise in heroin-related fatalities sparked a demonstration at City Hall this morning, calling for increased naloxone distribution and other measures. Douglas Capraro | September 16, 2014 Lawmakers, health officials, and community groups braved the rain at City Hall this morning to advocate new […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 16, 2014 Contacts: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org Jeremy Saunders, 917-676-8041, jeremy@vocal-ny.org Lawmakers, Major Community Groups Call for Action to End Overdose Deaths Broad Rejection of ‘War on Drugs’ in Favor of Proven Public Health Approaches NEW YORK CITY – Today city and state elected officials and nearly 20 leading public […]

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September 15, 2014 | VOCAL has released a newly updated policy platform, How to End the Drug Overdose Epidemic in New York, reflecting the latest developments, including passage of a law we championed to allow widespread access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. Read or download the paper below New York has a drug overdose crisis. […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 4, 2014 Contact: Matt Curtis, VOCAL-NY, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org or Chelsea-Lyn Rudder, 1199SEIU, 646-413-2223, ChelseaLyn.Rudder@1199.org New hepatitis C drugs could stop an epidemic that now claims more lives in the U.S. than AIDS. An estimated 250,000 New Yorkers are living with hepatitis C, a viral infection that can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver […]