Support, don’t punish: Message behind Global Action Day

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Crowds gathered holding signs to advocate for the global campaign “Support don’t punish” at Buffalo State’s Student Union Plaza Sunday.

They want to see changes in the way society deals with drug addiction. They say the epidemic won’t be solved by arresting people, but instead by providing compassion and support.

Buffalo joined more than 160 cities across the globe to commemorate the fourth annual Global Day of Action.

“What we’ve learned after coming here is this is a very important topic for the community and we know from history criminalizing people doesn’t help people thrive or survive. And we are here to talk about different strategies that could be implemented to help people flourish in their community,” said Jennifer Randal, Senior Lecturer at the University of East London.

Organizations working to fight the opioid epidemic in Western New York were on hand with resources and information.

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