drug and alcohol visit

Old Aug 23rd, 2004, 09:04 PM
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drug and alcohol visit

Hello Four drug and alcohol nurses from Australia travelling to New York on vacation mid October want to visit a drug and alcohol unit in New York to exchange education any suggestions Thanks cheers
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Old Aug 23rd, 2004, 11:02 PM
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Sorry..I can't resist.Try Times Square.
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Old Aug 24th, 2004, 04:07 AM
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I'm afraid I'm with PamSF - how about Bourbon Street?

(Here's hoping you do get some good answers.....)
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Old Aug 24th, 2004, 04:22 AM
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I would suggest that the health care system in the US - and especially in NYC - where there is an enormous city-funded hospital system, unlike most of the US - may be very different than what you are used to. If you are asking about drug/alcohol in-patient units - these are very rare (unless patients have big $ private funds). I doubt any city-funded program would allow any sort of exchange program without offical approval and considerable paperwork. Trying one of the program associated with a private hospital might be easier - but there would still be major issues around patient confidentiality etc.

As a starting point I would check out the web sites of some of the non-city major medical centers to see which have approrpriate units and might be amenable.

You might start with:

Beth Israel
New York - Presbyterian
St Luke's - Roosevelt

If they can't accomodate you perhaps they can suggest who might.
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I'm just answering off the top of my head here, but New York City has excellent outreach and harm-reduction programs. I would suggest you find a website for New York City, or the Mayor's Office, and see what you can set up from there. I'm a mental-health nurse in Toronto and I've seen a little bit of what they have to offer in NY (my daughter lives there) and it's quite impressive.
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edgar319 -

May I suggest you visit the Drug Policy Alliance, located at 70 West 36th Street, 16th Floor, in New York City. They are dedicated to promoting policies and strategies of harm reduction. You may visit their website at:


Also, for your information...if you are interested, there will be an Addictions 2004 conference held in Queensland, Australia in October -

"This conference will bring basic and applied scientists together to discuss the opportunities for the management of addictions that are emerging from recent research.
September 24-26, 2004
Queensland, Australia"

More info on the Queensland conference may be found at:


Hope this gives you some ideas. Education....not incarceration. Peace. >-

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