Browsing Category 'Drug Policy'

TheBody: HIV Activists Storm Turning Pharmaceuticals Lobby and Demand Fair Pricing

HIV Activists Storm Turning Pharmaceuticals Lobby and Demand Fair Pricing Lucile Scott | October 9, 2015 On October 1, several dozen public health and economic justice activists stormed the lobby of Turing Pharmaceuticals to demand one thing: The end to the practice of hedge funds exponentially increasing the price of previously affordable medications for no […]

Huffington Post: New York Law Blocks Judges From Practicing Medicine From The Bench

New York Law Blocks Judges From Practicing Medicine From The Bench Ryan Grim & Jason Cherkis | September 30, 2015 WASHINGTON — Drug court judges in New York will no longer be allowed to order defendants in recovery to stop taking doctor-prescribed medications as part of their treatment, as the result of a new law signed by […]

Metro New York: Bratton says no more concessions on NYPD’s marijuana policy

Bratton says no more concessions on NYPD’s marijuana policy The NYPD commissioner told Metro the legalization of pot won’t improve city’s K2 crisis. September 24, 2015 NYPD’s top cop told Metro “under no circumstances” will the department make any further reforms on how it deals with marijuana arrests. “We’ve made all the concessions we’re making […]

Gothamist: Where Can You Safely Shoot Up In NYC?

Where Can You Safely Shoot Up In NYC? Kristen Gwynne | September 24, 2015 On a Tuesday afternoon in Washington Heights’ Highbridge Park, two men and one woman smoking crack-cocaine greeted a couple leaving the park with a handful of syringes. Down a short trail nearby was “The Rock,” where, as its name implies, a […]

Al Jeezera: New measures turn up heat on synthetic marijuana

New measures turn up heat on synthetic marijuana Wilson Dizard | September 24, 2015 A new front in the U.S. government’s war on drugs is underway in America’s poorest neighborhoods, say drug policy reform advocates, as authorities struggle to control the spread of synthetic marijuana, which medical professionals say causes erratic behavior and severe health problems in […]

Daily News: I used K2 to stay out of jail

I used K2 to stay out of jail Carlos | September 14, 2015 The current frenzy surrounding synthetic cannabinoids, often called K2 or Spice, has me reflecting on my own history using the drug. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton recently described K2 users as “crazy” individuals who are “impervious to pain” and possess “superhuman strength.” My […]

POLITICO New York: Bill would mandate rehab for addicts given Narcan

Bill would mandate rehab for addicts given Narcan Josefa Velasquez | September 8, 2015 ALBANY — With the growing availability of an overdose-reversing drug for heroin addicts, a state senator from Western New York wants to require anyone who’s given the drug to enter rehab. The proposal prompted criticism from a public health official and […]

Huffington Post: New Documentary Makes The Case For Supervised Heroin Injection Sites In New York

New Documentary Makes The Case For Supervised Heroin Injection Sites In New York “If we don’t come up with a plan, we’re going to lose a lot of human life.” Christopher Mathias | August 25, 2015 A new documentary is shedding light on the thousands of residents of New York state who inject heroin in […]