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PR: Governor Cuomo Signs Major Overdose Prevention Law

Press Release | 6/23/14 Gov. Cuomo Signs Major Overdose Prevention Law Greatly Expands Access to Overdose Antidote Naloxone, Will Reduce Number One Cause of Accidental Death in New York State Health advocates, legislators, and community members today applauded New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing legislation to allow healthcare providers and pharmacies to distribute naloxone, […]

“30% Rent Cap” Affordable Housing Protection for HASA Clients Takes Effect July 1!

HRA has issued an emergency rule implementing the “30% rent cap” affordable housing protection for HASA clients, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on March 31, 2014. Starting on July 1, eligible HASA clients will pay no more than 30% of their income towards their rent, and they will be paid back retroactive to April […]

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 […]

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Read the full press release from Congressman Hakeem Jeffries here and view photos from the May 27th rally outside NYPD headquarters  at One Police Plaza on flickr. “It’s disappointing to see Commissioner Bratton so adamant about not ending marijuana arrests in New York City,” said Shapriece Townsend of VOCAL-NY. “Bratton claims his stance is to protect young people […]

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 […]

VOCAL-NY at Rising Voices for a New Economy conference

VOCAL-NY’s Bobby Tolbert delivered a powerful speech about putting people first in our politics and our economy during the Rising Voices for a New Economy conference in Washington, DC on April 27th, 2014. Bobby spoke as a person living with HIV who relies on public programs providing life-saving medicine, housing and other essential services, which are often […]

Leg Gazette

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 […]

WPIX: NY’ers living with AIDS says de Blasio’s budget will help low income people suffering from disease

NY’ers living with AIDS says de Blasio’s budget will help low income people suffering from disease (Watch the full video segment here. A summary appears below.) May 8, 2014 | by Ann Mercogliano BROOKLYN (PIX11) –  Reginald Brown is a low income New Yorker living with AIDS. He said the Mayor’s budget will relieve stress for […]

PR: New Legislation to Give NYC Residents Fair Chance at Employment

Press Release | 4/29/14 New Legislation to Give NYC Residents Fair Chance at Employment Fair Chance NYC Coalition Unveils Bold New City Council Legislation (Photos from the press conference and rallies available online) New York, NY – Today a coalition of community, labor, and faith groups called Fair Chance NYC unveiled City Council legislation designed […]

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 – […]