On Could 23rd, BRIC will likely be internet hosting a big neighborhood occasion titled, Whose Warfare On Medicine? A #BHeard City Corridor. The occasion is free and will likely be held on the BRIC Home, 647 Fulton Avenue from 6:30 to eight:30 p.m..
The occasion will deliver collectively stakeholders, thought leaders and Brooklyn’s communities to actually problem the concept behind America’s longest-running battle, asking: Who advantages from the drug battle? How can we start to reverse the collateral injury to our communities? And the way can we bridge the hole between public well being and the prison justice system?
A stay panel dialogue will likely be led by:
- Kassandra Frederique – New York State Director, Drug Coverage Alliance
- Eric Gonzalez – Kings County District Lawyer
- Dr. Hillary Kunins – Asst. Commissioner, Dept. of Well being and Psychological Hygiene
- Tom Robbins – Contributing Author, The Marshall Undertaking
- Chino Hardin – Discipline Coordinator, The Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Options
On the occasion, the Drug Coverage Alliance will showcase Secure Form, a pop up exhibit that permits guests to expertise what a safer consumption area seems to be like. The exhibit is supposed to demystify what the amenities are and the providers obtainable for folks whereas educating communities about hurt discount and different health-based approaches to addressing problematic drug use. As guests stroll via the exhibit, they expertise a clear desk, mirror, good lighting, syringe disposal case, and sterile injecting gear, in addition to an knowledgeable attendant to reply questions on how the amenities work and the way they provide wrap-around providers like drug therapy referrals, data on the best way to entry healthcare and insurance coverage, and extra.
Mayor Invoice de Blasio made nationwide information earlier this month when he introduced his assist for safer consumption areas as a technique to fight the overdose disaster. The Mayor’s plan requires 4 websites to open after a 6-to-12-month interval of outreach to the communities the place they are going to be situated. They might function as pilot applications for a 12 months.
Overdose Prevention Facilities would doubtless be co-sited with current applications that have interaction individuals who use medication, reminiscent of syringe change applications. There are discussions concerning the facilities being situated in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. Skilled workers could be obtainable to manage naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug, and referrals to therapy and counseling.
The Mayor’s assist follows years of advocacy by community-based teams, people who find themselves immediately affected, religion leaders, medical professionals, therapy suppliers, housing service suppliers, and Metropolis Council members who’ve referred to as for New York Metropolis to implement safer consumption areas as a confirmed public well being intervention to save lots of lives.
Word to press: The Secure Form exhibit will likely be in BRIC’s TV studio earlier than and after the City Corridor. Media availability 5 to six:30 p.m.