COBRE Investigator Speaks out on Syringe Access

Threading the Needle on Drug Addiction:  New York is right to Legalize Syringes

by Brandon Del Pozo

New York Daily News | October 20, 2021

By legalizing the possession of syringes for everyone who injects illicit drugs, New York State has taken an important step in addressing our devastating overdose crisis. As a former NYPD commander, a retired chief of police and a substance use researcher, experience and evidence have convinced me this is the right thing to do. It better protects the public and police from the dangers of getting stuck by a needle, and it lowers the chances of people fatally overdosing in the aftermath of an arrest. We should applaud state Sen. Gustavo Rivera for sponsoring the bill, and Gov. Hochul for signing it into law.”

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