Albany Times Union: Advocates support N.Y. Assembly bill for safe heroin injection sites

The key goal behind allowing safer consumption spaces, or supervised injection facilities, is to prevent overdose deaths, which have risen drastically in recent years. For 2015 and 2016, deaths from opioids like heroin and fentanyl statewide outside of New York City rose from 1,520 to 1,879, and experts say they likely continued to increase in 2017.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Injection sites providing safe spots to shoot up may come to US

Tens of thousands of drug users have visited the facilities, thousands have overdosed and, researchers say, no deaths have been reported. Studies show that a substantial number of drug users who visit safe injection sites end up in treatment, which is routinely offered to them. Research also has shown that the facilities help contain hepatitis C and HIV infections and are a cost-effective way to save lives.

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City Limits: Gov. Cuomo Must Recommit to the Fight to End AIDS

“Since that day in April, Governor Cuomo has continued to speak in favor of ending AIDS during each of his annual State of the State addresses starting in 2015. But this month at the same address, the Governor’s most-watched political moment of the year, the Governor didn’t mention HIV or AIDS once, and we heard a painful reminder of that silence that has caused the deaths of so many.”

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