NEW YORK – Medical professionals, city lawmakers and others gathered at New York City Hall on Thursday to urge the city to create safer-consumption spaces.
One New Yorker dies of a drug overdose every seven hours, and the number of deaths rises every year. Drug-treatment providers say 30 years of experience has shown that safer-consumption or supervised-injection sites – where people who are drug dependent can use their drugs in a controlled setting – not only reduce overdoses, but can help move people into treatment.
“We are out of patience,” said Housing Works CEO Charles King to a crowd at NYC City Hall. “Safe consumption site facilities save lives & we need @NYCMayor to show leadership, so we can #EndOverdoseNY.” Release the SCS Feasibility report NOW, Mayor de Blasio! #YestoSCSpic.twitter.com/yyWMfqUnfu
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