De Blasio opens monitored injection sites for drug users in NYC

With just four weeks left in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio opens the country’s first monitored shooting ranges on Upper Manhattan – amid a rise in overdose deaths and unsettling scenes of junkies popping up on public sidewalks.

“Centers for the prevention of overdose are a safe and effective way to deal with the opioid crisis. I am proud to show cities in this country that after decades of failure, a smarter approach is possible,” de Blasio said in a statement on Tuesday.

The centers in East Harlem and Washington Heights are expected to open as early as Tuesday.

The rankings were chosen based on “health needs and the depth of program experience,” according to the health ministry. The sites will provide clean needles and social services, but users will need to bring their own drugs.

Last year, more than 2,000 New Yorkers died from drug overdoses, the highest since the city began tracking numbers in 2000. The most common drug involved in fatal accidents is opioids. Between January and March this year, a further 596 people lost their lives due to addiction. A study by the city’s Ministry of Health showed that the sites could save up to 130 people a year.

A set of supplies containing syringes, adhesive bandages and antiseptic pillows are waiting to be used by a drug addict at a safe injection site known as Insite on Vancouver, British Columbia's east side
A set of supplies is seen inside a safe injection site in Vancouver, British Columbia, which has been at the head of the centers in North America.
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The mayor tried to push the controversial proposal to open a total of four locations before, but was blocked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump, who were both against the plan.

City Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) was skeptical about the program’s effectiveness.

“British Columbia has led North America to safe injection sites, all the while crossing milestones for overdose deaths every month. How anyone can see this as a solution to a serious problem is beyond me, no matter the neighbors’ concerns,” Borelli told The Post on Tuesday.

In this photo from June 26, 2017, cabins stand along the Cactus "safe injection site," where drug addicts can shoot up with clean needles, get medical supervision and freedom from arrest, in Montreal.  More than a dozen other potential sites are being considered across Canada's federal officials say.
Stands inside a “safe injection site” in Montreal.
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s previous proposals for safe injection sites were blocked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump.
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Congressman Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY), who represents Staten Island and Brooklyn, also blew up the sites, noting that the Justice Department under Trump said they would violate federal law on controlled drugs.

De Blasio has largely turned a blind eye daytime drug raids in major urban hubs such as the Garment District and Triangle Plaza Hub in the Bronx.

People are hanging out in a square on East 149th Street and Bergen Avenue in the South Bronx
Between January and March this year, a further 596 people lost their lives due to addiction.
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drug use NYC
A study by the city’s Ministry of Health showed that the monitored injection sites could save up to 130 people a year.
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