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Associated Press: NY policymakers grilled over HIV/AIDS housing help Feb. 8, 2012 | Cristian Salazar, AP (Excerpt – read the full story here) NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Council members grilled policymakers at a packed hearing Wednesday over recent changes to public assistance policies that they worry could lead to increased homelessness and risky […]

AlterNet: How the NYPD’s Ongoing Petty Pot Arrest Crusade Hurts the Black & Latino Community

How the NYPD’s Ongoing Petty Pot Arrest Crusade Hurts the Black and Latino Community Since Mayor Bloomberg became mayor a decade ago, the NYPD has arrested nearly 350,000 young Black and Latino for low-level marijuana possession. AlterNet / By Gabriel Sayegh [excerpt] Last September, in response to mounting public pressure, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly issued an operations order […]

HepMag.com Profiles VOCAL-NY Board Member Wayne Starks’ Fight Against Hep C, HIV & Homelessness

Back in the Driver’s Seat: How Wayne Starks successfully navigated addiction, homelessness and coinfection with HIV and hep C. (Also available at HepMag.com) by Reed Vreeland | January 3, 2012 For Wayne Starks, 51, a former New York City bus driver and the father of two, finding the strength to stay sober has been central to his […]

VOCAL-NY, Harm Reduction Coalition, FROST’D and other harm reduction activists held a rally outside the Russian consulate on the eve of World AIDS Day to protest Russia’s deadly war on drugs. The rally was held as part of a worldwide day of action organized by INPUD in solidarity with drug users and people living with […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 23, 2011 | Contact: Sean Barry, 646.373.3344, sean@vocal-ny.org Vigil Calls On Commissioner Ray Kelly To Implement “911 Good Samaritan” Law To Prevent Fatal Overdose Religious Leaders And Families Gather Outside The NYC Chief Medical Examiner On The Eve Of Thanksgiving To Draw Attention To Loved Ones Who Have Died From Overdose View […]

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NYC Widens Web of AIDS Surveillance: Health officials propose greater data collection and sharing Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | By Duncan Osborne If the discussions with police concern only ending the practice of using condoms as evidence of prostitution then AIDS groups would approve, but broader conversations could be a problem. “Hopefully, the education work […]

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(A national Associated Press story on the link between the NYPD’s practice of stop and frisks and racially biased marijuana arrests features an interview with VOCAL-NY community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo. Working with our allies at the Drug Policy Alliance and Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives, VOCAL-NY recently forced the NYPD to issue new […]

Village Voice: “City’s Methadone Clinics Plagued With Problems, New Report Says”

The Village Voice’s Runnin Scared blog reported on the new community-led report by VOCAL-NY’s Users Union about challenges facing methadone patients and our recommendations for addressing them. City’s Methadone Clinics Plagued With Problems, New Report Says By Graham Rayman | Oct. 12 2011 ​The state funded methadone clinics in New York City are poorly managed, inadequately equipped, […]

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Download the executive summary or the new report for Beyond Methadone – Improving Health and Empowering Patients in Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs): Hepatitis C, Overdose Prevention, Syringe Exchange, Buprenorphine, & Other Opportunities to Make Programs Work for Patients. New York has increasingly recognized that drug use is more effectively addressed through health and rights-based approaches, rather than through the criminal justice […]

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In response to mounting pressure, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told police officers on September 19th to follow the law and stop making costly and racially biased marijuana arrests, now the number one arrest in New York City. This could translate into tens of thousands of fewer arrests among Black and Latino youth each year. We […]

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Drug and alcohol overdose deaths now exceed traffic fatalities and homicides as a leading cause of premature death in New York.  And while they are almost always preventable, drug war policies create major barriers to common sense solutions. On the morning of September 23rd, VOCAL-NY members protested an appearance by Obama’s “Drug Czar,” Gil Kerlowkowske, […]

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On Sunday, the “911 Good Samaritan” law to prevent overdose deaths took effect. The new law, passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by Governor Cuomo in July, encourages New Yorkers to call 911 if they are they are the witness or victim of an overdose without fear of arrest or criminal prosecution for […]