May 15, 2018

5/16 MEDIA ADVISORY: After Historic Mayoral Endorsement of Safer Consumption Spaces (SCS), NY Community Shifts Attention to Governor Cuomo

5/16 MEDIA ADVISORY: After Historic Mayoral Endorsement of Safer Consumption Spaces (SCS), NY Community Shifts Attention to Governor Cuomo

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Wednesday, May 16, 12:00 p.m. ET

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

Melissa Moore, 646.470.2827, mmoore@drugpolicy.org

Mika De Roo, 347-585-6051, m.deroo@housingworks.org 

After the Historic Announcement of the Mayor’s Support of Safer Consumption Spaces (SCS), the Community Shifts their Attention and Pressure to Governor Cuomo

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

New York, NY: A coalition of activists, service providers, and drug policy reformers will rally outside Governor Cuomo’s New York City Office to demand urgency in State support for Safer Consumption Spaces (SCS) as a life-saving strategy that will end overdose deaths. Speakers will focus on 2017 being the deadliest year for overdoses in New York City history, and make it clear that the coalition will refuse to allow the state to drag its feet. After the lengthy campaign pushing 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 crucial public health intervention.

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 escalating pressure. One of the benchmarks to implementing SCS put forth by the Mayor, is the formal approval of the four proposed pilot programs by the State Department of Health, which answers to Governor Andrew Cuomo. 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. 

WHAT: Rally to Demand Governor & State Approval of SCS to End Overdose Deaths! 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 12:00pm 

WHERE: Governor Cuomo's NYC Office at 633 Third Ave. (between 40th & 41st Sts.), NY, NY 10017

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