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2016-08-30 Need for Greater Overdose Prevention Efforts in Communities of Color.

Drug overdose Mortality Rate Increased 66% Citywide in the Past Year with a 51% Increase in Overdose Deaths Among Latinos.

New York, NY – On International Overdose Awareness Day, Harm Reduction Coalition and the Peer Network of New York call attention to the need for great overdose prevention efforts in communities of color. NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) released their 2015 drug overdose mortality data earlier this month which show 2015 had both the highest overdose death rate and the largest number of lives lost to drug overdose since the 1990s. The Bronx was particularly impacted with an overdose death rate that is twice that of the other outer boroughs and the largest number overdose deaths citywide. Latinos were also over-represented with a 51% increase in deaths in the past year. Read more…

2015-6-16 Syringe Exchange Progress in Federal Spending Bill.

Draft bill allows some flexibility on use of funds for syringe exchange programs.

Today the House of Representatives released a draft version of its FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill, which covers federal spending levels and polices for all discretionary health programs, including those under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). This spending bill has historically prohibited any use of federal dollars for carrying out syringe exchange programs. Read more…

2013-7-22 – Inaugural African American Hepatitis C Action Day, 7/25 Press Conference

New York, NY—The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA), in partnership with the Harm Reduction Coalition and the Coalition for Positive Health Empowerment (COPE), is spearheading the first annual African American Hepatitis C Action Day, Thursday, July 25, 2013, a national community mobilization initiative aimed at reducing the high incidence of HCV infection in black communities by drawing attention to this neglected health disparity and promoting education, testing, and treatment.

2012-8-3 – Bipartisan Federal Plan Proposed to Reduce National Overdose Epidemic

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-MD), along with Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and twenty-six other Members of Congress, introduced HR 6311: the Stop Overdose Stat (S.O.S.) Act yesterday to support lifesaving community-based efforts to prevent fatal drug overdoses and to establish a coordinated federal plan to combat the public health epidemic of fatal drug overdoses. From 1990 to 2008, drug overdose death rates increased three-fold and recent analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data reveals that drug overdose deaths now outnumber automobile deaths as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

2012-2-16New Report Illustrates Positive Impact of Take-Home Naloxone Programs

NATIONWIDE –The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report today on Community-Based Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs Providing Naloxone. The opioid antagonist naloxone is routinely used in hospitals and by paramedics in the field to revive individuals who are suspected to be overdosing on opioids. Since 1996, community-based programs have been operating take-home naloxone programs that train individuals how to respond to overdoses and use naloxone. The report shows that in the last 15 years, the 188 local take-home naloxone programs reported 10,171 drug overdose reversals using naloxone, after having trained and provided naloxone to 53,032 people. There are currently take-home naloxone programs located in 15 US states and the District of Columbia. Read more.

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