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New Report – How to End the Overdose Epidemic in New York

A new briefing paper by VOCAL-NY’s Policy Director, Matt Curtis, outlines evidence-based approaches for policymakers to end the overdose epidemic in New York. The report is available online. New York has a drug overdose crisis. Now the leading cause of accidental death in the state, overdose death rates have soared alongside increasing prescription opioid use and […]

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 […]

New Report on HIV/AIDS & Homelessness in New York

“A home is, you know, sort of like air and water; I think it’s just one of those things that you need to survive as a human being…the four walls that you can call your own that no one can take away from you…” State lawmakers could prevent homelessness for thousands of people living with […]

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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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  Released on January 29th, 2010, Stuck in the System: Expanding Syringe Access by Reconciling the Penal Code with the Public Health Law documents research findings based on surveys and one-on-one interviews with participants in syringe access programs. Through this research, VOCAL-NY Users Union members sought to explore the impact of the New York State Penal Code and law […]