New York Times: Familiarity With Drugs Helps a Group Speak for Users

Familiarity With Drugs Helps a Group Speak for Users

(A New York Times profile of our allies at the San Francisco Drug Users Union mentioned VOCAL-NY’s work to prevent HIV, hepatitis C and overdose deaths in New York. Read the full story here.)

“Yet with attitudes about drugs and the drug war seemingly evolving in many areas – including ballot measures this fall to legalize marijuana in Washington State and Colorado – drug advocacy groups have had some recent successes. In New York, the group Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (or Vocal), a membership group of people with AIDS, drug users and former prisoners, has helped pass a pair of bills involving syringe access and protections for users who call in overdoses to 911.”

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