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Drug Policy Activists and Community Members Rally Outside Governor Cuomo’s NYC Office to Demand Urgency in Overdose Prevention

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New York, NY – A coalition of activist, service providers, and drug policy reformers held a rally outside Governor Cuomo’s New York City Office on May 16, 2018, to demand urgency in this life-saving strategy; after the historic announcement by NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio supporting Safer Consumption Spaces (SCS). 

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Speakers focused on 2017 being the deadliest year for overdoses in New York City history, and that they will refuse to allow the state to drag its feet. 

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After the lengthy campaign for Mayor de Blasio to release the long awaited SCS feasibility study, the coalition will voice that they are prepared to use the same tactics that ushered the city’s historic announcement to garner state unity on this public health intervention.

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Almost two weeks ago, the Mayor came out in support of Safer Consumption Spaces (SCS) after years of advocating by the community, and recent months of pressure. One of the benchmarks to implementing SCS put forth by the Mayor, is the State Department of Health, which answers to Governor Andrew Cuomo, formal approval of the four proposed pilot programs. 

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Over two weeks ago, the city sent a letter to the state defining its intention to open these sites. The State Department of Health’s Commissioner Dr. Zucker has yet to return or respond to the letter sent by the city. 

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