Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in New York. Although many overdose deaths can be prevented, most people do not call 911 because they fear being arrested or prosecuted for drug possession.
Join us on International Overdose Awareness Day to remember loved ones and friends lost to overdose and demand the NYPD educate the public about New York’s 911 Good Samaritan law. We encourage you to bring a photo or item remembering a loved one and consider leaving it behind for the NYPD to help make this crisis more real for Commissioner Kelly.
When: Friday, August 31st at 11:30am
Where: New York City Hall Steps
Getting there: 4, 5, J, M, Z trains to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hal | or R, W to City Hall | 2, 3 to Park Place.
Download a flier for the event here. [note the location is City Hall Steps, NOT 250 Broadway]
After a brief rally at City Hall, we will march to NYPD headquarters at One Police Plaza and call on Commissioner Kelly to show leadership in encouraging New Yorkers to call 911 in the event of an overdose.
Last year, Governor Cuomo signed a “911 Good Samaritan” law creating new legal protections for people who call 911 if they witness or experience an overdose. Acknowledging resistance to the legislation from some law enforcement, Cuomo wrote that “the benefit to be gained by this bill—saving lives—must be paramount.”
Many New York City and State agencies have taken concrete steps to implement the new law, but the most important law enforcement agency in the state has been silent. It’s time for the NYPD to show leadership and help save lives.
For more information, contact Jeremy Saunders via email or 917-676-8041.