Legislators and community activists are calling for a $50 million public health investment, safe injection sites, decriminalized syringes and safe housing for HIV-positive New Yorkers.
“Yes, it’s down significantly from the height of stop and frisk, but there’s still lots of people that are getting caught up in these marijuana arrests” Alyssa Aguilera, executive director of VOCAL-NY, said. “People from the mayor, to the NYPD, to Governor Cuomo have said these are needless, they’re racially biased and they only serve as a gateway to this mass incarceration.”
“It’s not something that is even on the table for us to be able to afford,” said Alyssa Aguilera, executive director of advocacy group VOCAL NY, whose group has trained thousands of people on how to administer naloxone injections and helped pass the law putting a standing order for the drug in 750 pharmacies across New York.
On Wednesday afternoon, the New York City Council passed, on a 47-0 vote, five bills that are intended to help tenants of three-quarter houses, like Mr. Bates, get stable housing, and to curb many problems in the industry, such as interference in tenants’ medical care.
Seattle and King County, Washington, will be the first places in the US to build so-called safe injection facilities for heroin users, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Friday, in an effort to reduce an epidemic of deadly drug overdoses.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is once again recommending several measures to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State, but he appears to be walking away from an earlier proposal to expand programs that provide access to syringes.