Posted on May 4, 2018
De Blasio backs plan to open supervised injection sites in NYC
"It may be too late for my brother, who died of overdose, but I know he is smiling down on New York City today." VOCAL leader Asia Betancourt https://t.co/0f3KDfmaQ8
— VOCAL-NY (@VOCALNewYork) May 3, 2018
Mayor de Blasio threw his support behind a plan to open spots in New York City where addicts can inject drugs under watchful eyes.
No city in the United States has opened the so-called supervised injection facilities, which are meant to prevent overdose deaths — but there are more than 100 around the world.
The administration said it decided to embrace the idea despite obstacles — especially federal law, which makes it a crime to run a location that facilitates drug use.
If the plan proceeds, sites would open as a one-year pilot program in up to four locations — Gowanus in Brooklyn, Midtown West and Washington Heights in Manhattan, and Longwood in the Bronx.
“More people are dying of overdose in New York City than ever before and there’s no sign of stopping anytime in the near future,” said Alyssa Aguilera, Co-Executive Director of the group VOCAL-NY. “The reality is that people use drugs, and forcing individuals to inject in public bathrooms and parks is unsafe and inhumane.”