New York State Senate Paves Way for Universal Access to LifeSaving Treatment, Activists Urge the Assembly for Immediate Passage

    

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 12, 2019

Contact: Jasmine Budnella, 720-480-5262, jasmine@vocal-ny.org

New York State Senate Paves Way for Universal Access to LifeSaving Treatment, Activists Urge the Assembly for Immediate Passage

In response to the NYS Senate’s passage of the three bills that will lay the foundation to Universal Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) to many New Yorkers–for those on Medicaid and those incarcerated–VOCAL-NY has released the following statement attributable to Jasmine Budnella, Drug Policy Coordinator.

“Today, the New York State Senate took historic action against our state’s devastating overdose crisis that will save countless lives, and ensure the most marginalized New Yorkers will not be denied access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).  The passage of these bills voiced to the thousands of families in mourning, and the thousands of New Yorkers who have experienced tortuous withdrawals in jails and prisons across the state–they are seen, they are heard, and they will no longer be forgotten or denied lifesaving treatment.

The Assembly must ensure that the most marginalized New Yorkers– from the Bronx to Buffalo, from county jails to upstate prisons–are worth saving and must be able to access MAT. The Assembly has the moral obligation to fulfill the commitment the Senate made today. In this historic moment, it will not be lost on New Yorkers or their families if the Assembly fails to move the state towards saving lives.”

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