Well, just when you think New York City couldn't get worse...it does.
Time and time again, we've seen disgraceful NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio implement policies and laws that further lead to the decline of the Big Apple.
This time, he announced that New York City will be putting in place "Overdose Prevention Centers" to serve drug addicts and the homeless population. Basically, they're legal places to go shoot up drugs.
“New York City has led the nation’s battle against COVID-19, and the fight to keep our community safe doesn’t stop there. 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,” de Blasio said in a statement.
“Overdose Prevention Centers are a safe and effective way to address the opioid crisis. I’m proud to show cities in this country that after decades of failure, a smarter approach is possible,” he added.
— City of New York (@nycgov) November 30, 2021
Overdose Prevention Centers have proven to be a safe and effective way to combat the opioid crisis.
We’re proud to show the nation that the path forward is through compassionate policies that protect our most vulnerable residents.https://t.co/yXkN7Gcqg2
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 30, 2021
What do you think? Is this a good idea or a bad idea? Is this really going to save lives? Will this make New York City a safer place?
Well, if only we have somewhere who has already tried doing this in the past. Oh wait...we do. Vancouver, Canada did this. So how did it go there? According to an article from the National Post in 2017,
Homelessness numbers continue to rise. There were 2,138 homeless individuals in Vancouver in 2017 — compared to only 1,364 in 2005. Theft and violent crime in the Downtown Eastside have gone up since 2002. And as an overdose crisis sweeps Canada, Vancouver is its undisputed epicentre. Even with teams of naloxone-armed paramedics addressing a nightly rush of overdosed drug users, more than 100 people have died of overdoses in 2017 — with most of these occurring within the narrow borders of the Downtown Eastside.
And yet, all across the continent planners can be heard talking up Vancouver’s success on the addiction file.