New York Lawmakers Approve Bill To Authorize Safe Drug Consumption Sites In Committee

New York Lawmakers Approve Bill To Authorize Safe Drug Consumption Sites In Committee
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A New York Assembly committee on Tuesday advanced a bill to establish a statewide safe consumption site program, allowing regulators to authorize facilities where people could use currently illicit drugs in a medically supervised environment. The legislation from Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D) was reported out of the Assembly Health Committee, with a few Democrats joining the Republican minority in voting against it. The bill now heads to the Codes Committee before potentially moving to the floor for consideration. Under the proposal, the New York Health Department and local agencies would have the ability to authorize safe consumption sites and regulate the facilities. BREAKING: My legislation, A.224, to authorize overdose prevention centers in New York State just passed the Health Committee. Countries around the world have used #OPCs for decades to help #EndOverdose. Allowing OPCs to operate in NYS will save lives. pic.twitter.com/aCqwOIOCjP — Linda B. Rosenthal “the #OriginalRosenthal” (@LindaBRosenthal) May 10, 2022 The intent of the legislation is to prevent overdose deaths by having medical professionals on site at places where they can use pre-obtained controlled substances without facing the threat of arrest or incarceration. People would also be given treatment resources. Further, the bill would require facilities to provide syringe exchange services where people could obtain sterile hypodermic needles and also safely deposit used syringes. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access. — Education would also be a key component of the law, with a mandate that licensed safe consumption sites provide, “at a minimum,” information…

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