Browsing Category 'Drug Policy'

PR: Attorney General Schneiderman Takes on Overdose Crisis

Press Release | 4/3/14 | Drug Policy Alliance & VOCAL NY NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Takes on Overdose Crisis, Introduces Country’s First Statewide Naloxone Program for Use by Law Enforcement Announcement Comes as FDA Announces Approval of Innovative New Device to Reverse Opiate Overdose Expanding Access to Naloxone will Save Lives, Curb Overdose Epidemic  NEW YORK – […]

New Report – How to End the Overdose Epidemic in New York

A new briefing paper by VOCAL-NY’s Policy Director, Matt Curtis, outlines evidence-based approaches for policymakers to end the overdose epidemic in New York. The report is available online. New York has a drug overdose crisis. Now the leading cause of accidental death in the state, overdose death rates have soared alongside increasing prescription opioid use and […]

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Heroin Overdose Prevention Bill Advances In New York After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death By: Matt Sledge, 02/04/2014 A bill meant to stem deaths from heroin overdoses advanced in the New York Senate Tuesday, just days after actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose. Sponsored by State Sen. Kemp Hannon (R), the bill would increase access […]

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PRESS RELEASE  | 01/31/2014 Sen. Hannon and Assm. Dinowitz Introduce Life-Saving Opioid Overdose Prevention Bill Legislation Will Reduce Number One Cause of Accidental Death in New York State by Increasing Access to Antidote, Naloxone Bill Builds on Historic 911 Good Samaritan Law that Passed Nearly Unanimously in Both Houses This week Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) and […]

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Drug users say legal syringes sometimes confiscated By SHEILA ANNE FEENEY | January 8, 2014 While police confiscations of syringes have gone down since a state law in 2010 permitted people to carry those that are legally obtained, it still goes on in the city, according to harm reduction educators and some drug users. “There […]

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Hospitals and healthcare clinics in New York will now be required to offer baby boomers a test for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) after Governor Cuomo signed a bill backed by a broad coalition of New Yorkers on October 23, 2013. Read our press release online here. Hundreds of VOCAL-NY members traveled to Albany this […]

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Cuomo should sign bill to offer screening for hepatitis C October 21, 2013 By Alyssa Aguilera Alyssa Aguilera is political director for VOCAL New York, a grass-roots organization dedicated to creating healthy and just communities. New York can be a national leader in protecting the health of baby boomers if Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signs […]

New policy paper on Medicaid funding for harm reduction

VOCAL is pleased to announce the release of a new policy paper on Medicaid funding for harm reduction services, which we developed in collaboration with the Injection Drug Users Health Alliance (IDUHA), a network representing syringe exchange providers in NYC. As part of its efforts to reduce state Medicaid costs, the New York Medicaid Redesign Team […]

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Life under NYPD’s stop-and-frisk: a Bronx resident reacts to judge’s decision (Alfredo Carrasquillo is VOCAL’s Civil Rights Organizer and a long-time activist against biased policing practices, including stop and frisk, and racially biased marijuana arrests) August 13, 2013 by Jay Dow, WPIX Reporter 29-year-old Alfredo Carrasquillo grew up in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, […]

Flier 8-14-13 DA Forum

We can keep our communities safe without resorting to mass incarceration, abusive policing strategies and the failed war on drugs. We know this from direct experience in New York City, where the incarceration rate has dropped by 32% since 2001 while major felony crimes have dropped by a similar rate. But with rampant abuses of stop […]

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Community View: Hepatitis C is widespread problem - Baby boomers are at higher risk Jul. 26, 2013 Written by: ALEXANDER HARDMAN, VOCAL-NY Westchester It’s thought that well over 200,000 New Yorkers are living with the hepatitis C virus, and until last year I was one of them. Having been tested more than 10 years ago I was […]

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Hepatitis C screening law will help with early detection By Diane Nunez, Commentary | July 2, 2013 Diane Nunez is a community leader with Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders. When my friend Pat called to tell me she had been diagnosed with hepatitis C, she was already imagining her funeral. She had been diagnosed very […]