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Huffington Post: Swift Action Needed in New York on Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Law

Swift Action Needed in New York on Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Law By: Robert Suarez June 20, 2014 Lately not a day goes by without new reports of an escalating drug-overdose crisis in New York. Overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death, touching every community in the state. But solutions to this problem are […]

Albany Times Union: Addiction a very public concern

Addiction a very public concern By Tracy Pugh and Matt Curtis, Commentary Monday, June 16, 2014 Nearly 2,000 New Yorkers die each year from drug overdose, with heroin and prescription pain medication involved in most of those deaths. Each year, more than 400,000 New Yorkers are in need of drug treatment but don’t receive it. These […]

Statement on Attorney General & NYPD Initiative to Equip Police with Naloxone

“Today’s announcement is a fantastic example of how the NYPD and the Attorney General’s office can support a public health and safety approach to drug use,” Matt Curtis, Policy Director at the grassroots activist group VOCAL-NY, said. “Alongside the recent passage of major state legislation to expand distribution of naloxone to people at risk of […]

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Overdose antidote bill now on governor’s desk By Matthew McKibben | May 12, 2014 A group that speaks for low-income New Yorkers struggling with drug addiction and HIV/AIDS stood with lawmakers in Albany last week commending the Legislature for passing a bill that would expand access to an opioid overdose antidote while calling on Gov. Andrew […]

New York Times – Paths to Stopping Painkiller Overdoses

Paths to Stopping Painkiller Overdoses APRIL 24, 2014 To the Editor: Evzio, the naloxone auto-injector device newly approved by the Food and Drug Administration for reversal of an opioid overdose, is a missed opportunity. Despite extremely limited public funding, community-based health organizations have distributed naloxone, an inexpensive, nontoxic medication not under patent protection, since the […]

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 – […]

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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 […]