While drug use has long affected all communities across New York, most of our drug policy, education, and treatment services have focused on urban areas. As rates of opioid overdose continue to climb in suburban and rural areas, communities need strategies for addressing drug use that take into account their unique settings and challenges.
Binghamton University and the Drug Policy Alliance co-hosted a one-day conference and strategy session to bring stakeholders from Central New York and the Southern Tier together to learn from experts and from each other. The program included an overview of the problems surrounding drug use in Central New York and the Southern Tier, best practices for reducing the harms associated with drug use in non-urban areas, strategies for moving local policy change forward, and the role of the criminal justice system. Participants had the opportunity to work in small, regional groups to develop local strategies and concrete plans for helping people who use drugs in their community.
Drug Policy Alliance
Binghamton University’s Institute of Justice and Well-Being
John & Laura Arnold
Addiction Center of Broome County
Alliance of Families for Justice
Harm Reduction Coalition
Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier
Law Enforcement Action Partnership
Southern Tier AIDS Program
Students for Sensible Drug Policy – Binghamton University Chapter