drug policy

LET US LIVE: Drug Users Urge Gov. Hochul to Use Executive Action to Authorize Overdose Prevention Centers

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 LET US LIVE: DRUG USERS URGE GOV. HOCHUL TO USE EXECUTIVE ACTION TO AUTHORIZE OVERDOSE PREVENTION CENTERS See Images and Videos From the Actions in Albany and New York City on Social Media Here NEW YORK — Today, leaders with VOCAL-NY gathered at the Governor’s Manhattan Office and the Governor’s Mansion …

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Governor Hochul Must Act Following NYS Legislature’s Failure to Address Unprecedented Overdose Crisis

CONTACT: Jasmine Budnella, jasmine@vocal-ny.org, 720-480-5262 GOVERNOR HOCHUL MUST ACT FOLLOWING NYS LEGISLATURE’S FAILURE TO ADDRESS UNPRECEDENTED OVERDOSE CRISIS Both Houses Failed to Pass Life-saving Bill that Meets this Moment of Unprecedented Loss, Even After Seeing 300+ Lives Saved at Overdose Prevention Centers in NYC More New Yorkers Die from Preventable Overdose than to Car Accidents, …

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2022-2023 VOCAL-NY NYC BUDGET PLATFORM

VOCAL-NY is dedicated to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, drug war, mass incarceration and homelessness across New York State. VOCAL-NY’s four different unions are releasing the following demands for the New York City budget for FY 2022-2023.

VOCAL-NY Condemns NYS Legislative Leadership for Failing Marginalized New Yorkers When They Need Them Most

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 VOCAL-NY CONDEMNS NYS LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP FOR FAILING MARGINALIZED NEW YORKERS WHEN THEY NEED THEM MOST Speaker Carl Heastie and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Failed to Hold Votes on Bills Addressing the Crises of HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Mass Incarceration and Preventable Overdoses ALBANY, N.Y. — As the  New York State legislative session …

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VOCAL-NY Celebrates Passage of the Safer Consumption Services Act Through Assembly Health Committee, Calls on Senate to Act

CONTACT: Jasmine Budnella, jasmine@vocal-ny.org, 720-480-5262 VOCAL-NY CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF THE SAFER CONSUMPTION SERVICES ACT THROUGH ASSEMBLY HEALTH COMMITTEE, CALLS ON SENATE TO ACT The Safer Consumption Services Act Would Authorize Overdose Prevention Centers to Open Across the State In New York City, Overdose Prevention Centers Have Saved More Than 280 Lives from Fatal Overdoses ALBANY, …

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NEW POLL: Majority of New Yorkers Support Expanding Overdose Prevention Centers & Decriminalization of Drug Possession

CONTACT Jasmine Budnella, Jasmine@vocal-ny.org, 720-480-5262 Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 NEW POLL: MAJORITY OF NEW YORKERS SUPPORT EXPANDING OVERDOSE PREVENTION CENTERS & DECRIMINALIZATION OF DRUG POSSESSION  See Exclusive Coverage of the Polling in City & State; Poll Shows Support Across All Regions Of New York NEW YORK – Today, VOCAL-NY released polling conducted by …

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Safer Consumption Services Act: 230 Organizations, Service Providers, Families Impacted by the Overdose Crisis, and People Directly Impacted Urge Legislature to Pass Life-Saving Legislation

Honorable Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honorable Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie NYS Capitol Building  Albany, NY 12224   Re: Safer Consumption Services Act (S603/A224), Senator Rivera/Assembly Member L. Rosenthal Dear Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, We write to you as organizations, family members impacted by the overdose crisis, service providers working …

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Safer Consumption Services Act: 230 Organizations, Service Providers, Families Impacted by the Overdose Crisis, and People Directly Impacted Urge Legislature to Pass Life-Saving Legislation

CONTACTJasmine Budnella, Jasmine@vocal-ny.org, 720-480-5262 Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203-470-9979 SAFER CONSUMPTION SERVICES ACT: 230 ORGANIZATIONS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, FAMILIES IMPACTED BY THE OVERDOSE CRISIS, AND PEOPLE DIRECTLY IMPACTED URGE LEGISLATURE TO PASS LIFE-SAVING LEGISLATION   In Letter, First Covered in Times Union and Available Here, Groups Warn Lack of Action Will Result in Years of Continued Record-Breaking Preventable Overdose Deaths The Nation’s First Overdose Prevention Centers …

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VOCAL-NY Responds To One-House Budget Proposals

CONTACT Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO ONE-HOUSE BUDGET PROPOSALS NEW YORK — In response to the New York Senate and Assembly releasing their one-house budget proposals over the weekend, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Kim Smith, VOCAL-NY Political Director: “The Senate and Assembly’s one-house budget proposals make progress on a down payment …

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VOCAL-NY 2021 Annual Report

In 2021, organizing won big for low-income New Yorkers. Through multiple moves, a global pandemic, and the worst rates of overdose ever recorded, our harm reduction services continued providing life-saving health care to people who use drugs. We know there is much to do, and we are committed to this work. Our victories in 2021 …

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