Browsing Category 'Drug Policy'

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 […]

Times Union: Patients urge Cuomo to speed-up medical marijuana in NY

Patients urge Cuomo to speed-up medical marijuana in NY Michael Balsamo, Associated Press | July 7, 2015 NEW YORK (AP) — With the start of New York’s medical marijuana program still months away, patents and caregivers of children with neurological conditions gathered outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to demand early access to the drug. About two […]

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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 […]