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Academy Park

Capital Region Overdose Awareness Day Press Conference, Rally & Vigil

Join us as we honor the lives of community members who have died from overdose and demand that Governor Hochul take executive action to authorize the implementation of Overdose Prevention Centers (OPCs) and other known evidence-based solutions to end the overdose crisis and save lives in NYS.

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Capital Region Overdose Awareness Day Press Conference, Rally & Vigil
Capital Region Overdose Awareness Day Press Conference, Rally & Vigil

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Aug 31, 2023, 12:00 PM

Academy Park, Albany, NY, USA

About the event

ALBANY TO GATHER ON INT’L OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY TO DEMAND GOV. HOCHUL TO USE EXEC. ACTION TO END OVERDOSE

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose and day to take action to demand life-saving policy changes world-wide.

Once again we will gather, once again we will mourn the lives of loved ones lost to preventable overdose deaths, and once again we will stand together to demand Governor Hochul take action to end overdose in NYS!

ALBANY, N.Y. — On Thursday, August 31st 12 p.m. @ Academy Park, in Albany, the Harm Reduction Project (HRX), peers and loved ones directly impacted by overdose, community partners, leaders and members will stand together to demand that Governor Hochul use executive action to authorize the implementation of Overdose Prevention Centers (OPCs) and other known evidence-based solutions to end the overdose crisis and save lives in New York State.

HRX will be hosting a press conference and vigil on International Overdose Awareness Day to hold space to honor the lives of beloved community members lost to overdose and to advocate with peers and loved ones who continue to be impacted by the Overdose Crisis.

After 52 long years, we face the same war on drugs and it's devastating consequences. New York State is in the midst of a record high overdose crisis – a New Yorker is dying from a preventable overdose every 40 minutes. Since last November, OnPoint’s two sanctioned OPCs in Manhattan have intervened in over 1,000 overdoses, and have diverted over 100,000 units of hazardous waste (syringes and supplies) from parks and public spaces. 

It’s clear that life-saving solutions are needed across all New York State, not just New York City. Governor Hochul must lead on the overdose crisis, and use executive action to authorize Overdose Prevention Centers so that all New Yorkers can access these live-saving services. Let's put people over stimga!

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