[Ed. – Wait till his ultra-liberal peers on the West Coast learn that he’s spreading the use of plastic, which is what the syringes are made of.]
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday committed to opening four supervised injection facilities where drug users can shoot up under medical supervision— putting the Big Apple at the forefront of a controversial practice that’s sparked debate across the country.
The sites are slated to open as one-year pilot programs at existing needle exchange centers in the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn, Midtown West and Washington Heights in Manhattan, and Longwood in The Bronx.
The city would need authorization from the State Health Department, district attorneys and the local council member in each pilot district in order to move forward with the plan.
“The opioid epidemic has killed more people in our city than car crashes and homicides combined,” said de Blasio. “After a rigorous review of similar efforts across the world, and after careful consideration of public health and safety expert views, we believe overdose prevention centers will save lives and get more New Yorkers into the treatment they need to beat this deadly addiction.”