PROVIDENCE-- Opponents of “Kristen’s Law” will gather in the rotunda of the state house to protest the governor’s signing of Kristen’s Law. The governor is committed to signing this bill into law despite the continued and vehement opposition from the medical, public health, and recovery communities. This law, which provides a potential life prison sentence to anyone who provides a controlled substance to someone who has a fatal overdose, doubles down on the failed war on drugs. As highlighted by Rep. Walsh, “this bill however represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the opioid epidemic...this will no save lives, it will ruin them.” Advocates will gather for an anti-bill signing press conference and protest, underscoring their concerns with this bill and the further approaches to seek criminalization rather than public health approaches to the tragic overdose epidemic.
WHAT: Anti-bill signing press conference and protest to highlight the concerns with Kristen’s Law, which the governor will sign into law
WHEN: Monday, June 25th at 4:00 PM
WHERE: In the rotunda of the Rhode Island State House, 82 Smith Street, Providence
WHO: Rep. Moira Walsh (District 3, Providence) Annajane Yolken, Executive Director of Protect Families First Haley McKee, recovery advocate Lisa Peterson LMHC/LCDP/MAC, RI Womxn’s Action Initiative (formerly RI Women’s March) # # #
Protect Families First is a non-profit that advocates for drug policies and practices that promote community health and safety, prevents overdose deaths, and keeps families in tact.