The first set of supervised drug consumption facilities in New York City have been cleared to open, according to Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Overdose Prevention Centers were announced in conjunction with the city's health department. Their locations across the city are primarily based on community health needs and will provide medical care and information and connections to drug treatment facilities.
The goal of the centers, at least in part, is to reduce public drug use and the number of stray syringes that can currently be found across the city.
"New York City has led the nation’s battle against COVID-19, and the fight to keep our community safe doesn’t stop there," the mayor said. "After exhaustive study, we know the right path forward to protect the most vulnerable people in our city. And we will not hesitate to take it.