Albany lawmakers push for safe drug injection locations

January 29, 2018 11:52 PM

Some New York State lawmakers want to give addicts a safer way to get high.

They're calling for a program to create supervised injection facilities in New York State. The controversial proposal would allow drug users to get high in places supervised by health care workers. 

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Supporters who headed to Albany on Monday said that it will cut down on overdose deaths.

One New York State assemblyman says he's been to the supervised injection site in Vancouver, and described it as "boring."

"It was a quiet," said Democrat Assemblyman Richard Gottfried of Manhattan. "There were people in rooms using their needles. There were people there to provide assistance and connect them up to healthcare and other services."

Opponents argue the sites will simply fuel addicts' illegal activity. 


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