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Nixon Outflanks Guv on Safer Consumption Spaces

Nixon Outflanks Guv on Safer Consumption Spaces

BY NATHAN RILEY | While Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio dance around harm reduction measures to reduce the record-high number of overdose deaths, Cynthia Nixon is embracing Safer Consumption Spaces at events in the city and upstate. Cuomo’s Democratic primary challenger unequivocally supports allowing users to inject in health care facilities where overdose […]

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

De Blasio Moves on Safer Consumption Spaces to Curb Overdoses

BY NATHAN RILEY | A multi-year push in New York City to offer drug users a safe place for consuming their drugs seems destined for success after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for “overdose prevention centers.” Public health advocates voiced enthusiasm as the news spread on May 3 that the administration had reached out […]

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

BY NATHAN RILEY | Chanting “no more overdoses,” 75 angry New Yorkers packed the steps of City Hall on April 5 and then a smaller group staged a sit-in at the gates leading to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, forcing police to eject them. The demonstrators were making an emotional plea to the mayor that he […]

City Reopens Its Chelsea Health Clinic

City Reopens Its Chelsea Health Clinic

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Three years after its planned closing sparked outrage and protests among AIDS activists, the renovation of the city’s Chelsea sexual health clinic is largely completed and the clinic has been seeing patients since March 5. “I want to give credit to the important alliance between the advocates and the people who work […]

Meth Deaths Surging Again in New York

Meth Deaths Surging Again in New York

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While still well below overdose deaths attributable to opioids, methamphetamine overdose deaths in New York City rose by more than 200 percent in 2015 and 2016 compared to the number of such deaths in 2013. The city health department is reporting that there were 55 methamphetamine overdose deaths in the city […]

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

BY NATHAN RILEY | Upper West Side State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal is emerging as a principal player among legislators aiming to unravel New York’s decades-old, counterproductive War on Drugs. From her influential post as chair of the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, she is lead sponsor on a bill offering care for drug users while they […]

World AIDS Day Marked in Brooklyn

World AIDS Day Marked in Brooklyn

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | AIDS advocates, nonprofit leaders, and city and state health officials gathered at the historic and resplendently restored Kings Theatre in Flatbush to mark World AIDS Day with the fourth annual End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition gathering. The December 1 event represents the city and state’s commitment to bring down the […]

HIV Data for 2016 Show Continued Decline

HIV Data for 2016 Show Continued Decline

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | New HIV infections among New York City men who have sex with men continued declining in 2016 over 2015, according to an annual report from the city’s health department that details HIV infections last year. There were an estimated 1,541 new HIV infections in the city in 2016 and 1,172, or 76 […]

Just In Case, Health Advocates Return to Capitol Hill

Just In Case, Health Advocates Return to Capitol Hill

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | One day after efforts by the Trump administration and the US Senate’s GOP leadership to dismantle President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act collapsed, up to 500 activists descended on Senate offices demanding that Republicans work on “providing health care rather than taking it away.” That’s how Eric Sawyer, the vice president of […]

With Resistance Throngs Exuberant, A Dozen Queer Disruptors Arrested

With Resistance Throngs Exuberant, A Dozen Queer Disruptors Arrested

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A dozen queer activists were arrested during New York City’s Pride March as they protested the presence of police and corporate sponsors in the annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots that marked the modern LGBTQ rights movement’s start. “To the police — You cannot mass incarcerate us, brutalize us, murder us, […]

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