ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A New York mayor wants his city to be the first in the U.S. to offer a supervised injection facility, where heroin users would be able to shoot up under the care of a nurse.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick tells The Associated Press the facility, which would also connect addicts to recovery services, is one piece of a new approach he wants his city to take against the scourge of addiction.
At similar facilities in Canada, Europe and Australia, medical professionals step in if a user overdoses.
There are legal and political challenges in the U.S. Myrick needs state permission to open a supervised injection site, and his proposal is certain to face significant opposition.
Myrick backs a law enforcement strategy that prioritizes treatment over arrests.
State health officials haven’t responded to a request for comment.