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    NYC opens "Safe Sights" for drug addicts to take their drugs....

    NYC opens drug consumption sites to ensure users receive clean needles, prevent overdoses

    Mayor De Blasio calls sites 'effective way to address the opioid crisis'

    By Greg Norman | Fox News

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    New York City has become the first in the U.S. to open its own supervised drug consumption sites in hopes of combating a growing number of overdose deaths.
    The "Overdose Prevention Centers" that went online Tuesday, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office, are "safe places where people who use drugs can receive medical care and be connected to treatment and social services." They will be co-located with "previously established syringe service providers", which in 2018, distributed at least 4.5 million clean needles to drug users across the five boroughs.
    "Overdose Prevention Centers are a safe and effective way to address the opioid crisis," De Blasio said in a statement. "I’m proud to show cities in this country that after decades of failure, a smarter approach is possible."

    A used syringe sits on the ground in a park as local politicians, religious leaders and members of the Harlem community participate in a 'Make Our Streets Safe for Our Children' march and rally on Oct. 8 in New York City. ((Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images))

    The city reported 596 overdose deaths in the first quarter of this year – which it says is the highest in a single quarter since it began tracking them in 2000. Its Health Department also conducted a study suggesting the centers could help save up to 130 lives annually.
    The first two sites with trained staff opened Tuesday in the Manhattan neighborhoods of East Harlem and Washington Heights, according to the New York Times.
    "The national overdose epidemic is a five-alarm fire in public health, and we have to tackle this crisis concurrently with our COVID fight," NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi said in a statement. "Giving people a safe, supportive space will save lives and bring people in from the streets, improving life for everyone involved. Overdose prevention centers are a key part of broader harm reduction."
    Supporters say the facilities save lives by recognizing the reality of drug use and providing a place where users are watched for signs of overdoses, while opponents see the sites as a moral failure that essentially sanctions people harming themselves.

    In this June 19, 2018, photo, a safe needle disposal container hangs in the bathroom of VOCAL-NY headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The first officially authorized safe havens for people to use heroin and other narcotics have been cleared to open in New York City in hopes of curbing overdoses, the mayor and health commissioner said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    A few unofficial facilities have operated in New York City for some time, allowing drug users a monitored place to partake – and they already exist in Canada, Australia and Europe, the Associated Press reports.
    Last month, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill introduced by Gustavo Rivera – a Democrat state senator from the Bronx – that decriminalized the possession and sale of hypodermic needles and syringes.
    Following that, the New York Police Department, in a memo obtained by the New York Post, issued a directive to commanders stating that "effective immediately, members of the service should not take any enforcement action against any individual who possesses a hypodermic needle, even when it contains residue of a controlled substance."

    Evelyn Milan, right, director of services at VOCAL-NY, prepares a package with sterile injecting equipment for a member at the organization's headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York, in July 2018. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    The bill "was passed under the guise of compassion, but it’s one of the least compassionate bills I’ve seen come across the legislature in a long time," State Sen. Andrew Lanza, a Republican representing Staten Island, told the newspaper at the time. "There is nothing compassionate about telling people to keep doing something that is going to kill them."
    Nationwide, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there were more than 93,300 overdose deaths in 2020, up nearly 30% from the prior year's number.
    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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    Stupid liberals! they provide a safe place to shoot-up, and close down Drs. who prescribe pain meds to those with chronic pain! imbecilic "bazorro " world thinking

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    Moz, I think this is great. Only thing is, they should also provide the Heroin and other drugs of choice. It makes sense, if you provide the drugs it will all but eliminate Addicts robbing and killing to get money to get high. It would also help if Addicts was issued a "Commodity Card" with a $600.00 limit to buy clothes and food each month. They will also get a substantial bonus on Christmas and their Birthday, payable in either money or drugs...your choice. It will be a great day, every day, in NYC.

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    This is the absolute idea of moronic stupidity...

    Elimination should be the name of the game... JMHO

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    Everything is backwards now, with NY and CA leading the charge.
    Sad times.

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    I love it. Send all the hop-heads to NYC. That place can go to hell for all I care. California too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BravoSixActual View Post
    I love it. Send all the hop-heads to NYC. That place can go to hell for all I care. California too.
    well said... this will only increase drug abuse, not curb it... let the junkies od, then the only cost would be to bury them, cheaper in the long run....

    Si vis pacem, para bellum

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtop View Post
    well said... this will only increase drug abuse, not curb it... let the junkies od, then the only cost would be to bury them, cheaper in the long run....
    I Agree...

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