NYC OKs safe sites for drug use, aiming to curb overdoses


New New York York City City is is opening opening authorized authorized havens havens where where people people can can come come in in off off the the street street to to inject inject narcotics narcotics new new York's York's health health commissioner commissioner says says the the city's city's first first publicly publicly recognized recognized places places for for people people to to use use heroin heroin and and illegal illegal narcotics narcotics are are open open as as of of today today they're they're known known as as overdose overdose prevention prevention centers centers and and they'll they'll be be colocated colocated with with previously previously established established syringe syringe service service providers providers users users bring bring their their own own drugs drugs and and monitors monitors watch watch for for signs signs of of overdose overdose and and can can administer administer an an antidote antidote if if needed needed proponents proponents say say the the idea idea is is harm harm reduction reduction to to save save lives lives or or bring bring people people in in from from the the streets streets in in a a statement statement mayor mayor bill bill de de Blasio Blasio who who leaves leaves office office at at the the end end of of December December says says he's he's proud proud to to show show cities cities in in this this country country that that after after decades decades of of failure failure a a smarter smarter approach approach as as possible possible in in New New York York City City over over two two thousand thousand people people died died of of overdoses overdoses last last year year researchers researchers have have estimated estimated the the proposal proposal could could prevent prevent a a hundred hundred and and thirty thirty deaths deaths a a year year and and save save the the city city millions millions of of dollars dollars opponents opponents see see the the sights sights as as a a moral moral failure failure federal federal law law bans bans operating operating a a place place for for narcotics narcotics use use last last month month prosecutors prosecutors won won their their legal legal challenge challenge against against the the Philadelphia Philadelphia group group that that was was fighting fighting to to open open a a similar similar site site I'm I'm Jennifer Jennifer king king

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