New Directions for New York: a Public Health & Safety Approach to Drug Policy

In January 2009 the Drug Policy Alliance and The New York Academy of Medicine convened over 300 conference participants, representing community advocates, researchers, business leaders, service providers and legislators from all over the state in order to build a public health and safety approach to drug policy.  The conference also included participants from around the U.S. and Canada, and speakers from the Governor's office, the New York State Senate and Assembly, and New York City Council. New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver released his very first policy position paper calling for a public health approach to drug policy. It was an extraordinary event.

Three months later, the New York State Legislature passed historic reforms to the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws, and called for a new direction in the state's drug policies.

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