What: Rally to Demand Cuomo Apologize, Sign Lifesaving Bill!
When: Tuesday, 10/29 @ 11:30
Where: Cuomo’s NYC Office- 633 3rd Ave (meet at Plaza across the street)
Trains: 4/5/6 to Grand Central
Coalition partners, family members from across the state, and our member-leaders found these statements to be tone-deaf, spitting in the face of the grief and anger
we unite around to end this crisis. In response to these statements from the Governor’s office and his continued inaction on signing the bill that would expand access to lifesaving treatment, we are all returning to his office to DEMAND AN APOLOGY THROUGH HIS SIGNATURE ON THE BILL.
Carol Katz Beyer and I had an opportunity to represent the voice of the family to share the family perspective acknowledging that on how to use funds to better ensure that life-saving harm reduction strategies and tools will get into the hands of families before problems develop and therefore be able to prevent many overdoses:
“The staggering number of people who are relapsing and dying is unacceptable despite having proven strategies to reduce mortality and improve care. New York State has made it a priority to emphasize the need to address substance use disorder as a public health issue but we now must take the next steps to shift funding streams to enable universal access to proven life-saving public health tools such as medication-assisted treatment, naloxone, and harm reduction services.”
The full testimony can be found here.