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To Fight Heroin Overdoses, Ithaca Mayor Proposes Controversial Safe Injection Site

By Staff



Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick

The United States is struggling to find ways to stem the tide of fast-rising drug overdose deaths, particularly in the wake of a devastating surge in heroin addiction. In Canada and Europe, progressive new ways to combat addiction have proven successful, and now one New York mayor wants to import some of those controversial strategies to the upstate region.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick wants to implement the “Vancouver model” of harm reduction, in which safe injection sites are created for intravenous drug users. It’s a novel approach, and one that has proven to be controversial since its announcement in a February 22 press release. That’s when Myrick and the Municipal Drug Policy Committee revealed “The Ithaca Plan: A Public Health and Safety Approach to Drugs and Drug Policy,” which includes a number of measures to combat the heroin epidemic.

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