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Hedge Fund Billionaires Are New Target for Hepatitis C Cure Protests Rod McCullom | June 4, 2015 The New York City home and offices of former hedge fund manager Julian H. Robertson were targeted by protest groups in a series of simultaneous direct actions in early May. Robertson is ranked No. 512 on Forbes’ list […]

Capital New York: Heroin relapse study attracts attention, concerns

Heroin relapse study attracts attention, concerns Nidhi Prakash | April 21, 2015 An NYU Langone Medical Center study testing the use of a controversial heroin addiction treatment to prevent relapses in Rikers Island inmates has prompted concern from some advocates and analysts who worry that use of the drug could in some cases have fatal […]

Press Release: New York City Turns a Corner on Drug Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 17, 2015 Contacts: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org, gabriel sayegh, 646-335-2264, gsayegh@drugpolicy.org First of its Kind City Council Bill Would Create a National Model to Harmonize Drug Strategy Between Dozens of Departments and the Community Bill Emphasizes Research-based Approaches to Promote Public Health and Safety and Reduce Negative Impact of Past and […]

What the New York State Budget Deal Means for Us

WHAT THE NEW YORK STATE BUDGET MEANS FOR US Over 400 people gathered in Albany for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Legislative Action Day   After reaching a closed door, three-way deal between Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the New York State legislature voted early this morning to ratify the […]

PR: Community Groups and Elected Officials Come Together to Sponsor Forum on New York’s Medical Marijuana Program

PRESS RELEASE: Monday, February 2, 2015 CONTACT:  John Hellman: (646) 377-6115,  jhellman@boomhealth.org Community Groups and Elected Officials Come Together to Sponsor Forum on New York’s Medical Marijuana Program Forum Will Address Concerns with Proposed Regulations, Including Access for Low Income Patients New York – Tuesday, February 3rd, patients, community members, providers and elected officials will […]

PR: NYS Syringe Access Legislation Introduced to Reduce HIV and Hepatitis Infections

PRESS RELEASE: Bill would repeal criminal law on syringe possession and improve access through pharmacies. Proven means of preventing HIV and hepatitis C transmission; Syringe decriminalization associated with reduced needle-stick injuries to law enforcement in other states. CONTACTS: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org OR Annalicia Finol, 954-775-5219, finol@nysenate.gov. NEW YORK, NY – State lawmakers, healthcare providers, […]

The New York Times: Naloxone, a Drug to Stop Heroin Deaths, Is More Costly, the Police Say

Naloxone, a Drug to Stop Heroin Deaths, Is More Costly, the Police Say J. David Goodman | November 30, 2014 This year, police departments across the country, including in New York City, announced plans to stock up on a medication that reverses the effects of a heroin or opioid painkiller overdose. The move signaled a […]

Yes! Magazine: Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It’s About More Than Just Getting High

Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It’s About More Than Just Getting High If those three measures pass, more states will be added to the list of places where healing from the drug war can begin, places where people will no longer face jail time because of a little nugget in […]

Huffington Post: States Expand Access To Lifesaving Drug After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

States Expand Access To Lifesaving Drug After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Story by Matt Sledge & Emily Kassie | October 28, 2014 NEW YORK — Legal changes in the wake of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s February death of a drug overdose have dramatically expanded access to a lifesaving drug that can reverse overdoses from prescription […]

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 […]

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 […]