A large, green enclave in the South Bronx, St. Mary’s Park had been a respite for residents of a gritty neighborhood—until addicts took it over, littering it with used syringes. The de Blasio administration’s response: install containers where users can deposit their old needles, a move that critics say will normalize open drug use and signal that the city has ceded the space to drug users. These and other efforts at “harm reduction” blur the line between compassion and the enabling of destructive social behavior.
The Facts You Need to Know
Injection sites: The city plans to open drop-in injection sites, giving addicts a “safe space” to take drugs. Read more.
Harm reduction: Harm-reduction initiatives undermine law enforcement by promoting continued traffic in illegal drugs. Read more.
Safe space: Establishing districts that normalize drug use destroys neighborhoods, increases homelessness, and attracts criminals who prey on addicts. Read more.
“There is virtually no evidence that [safe spaces] lead people into treatment.”
The Past is Present
“Mayor Giuliani’s suggestion a few months ago that New York’s methadone clinics should be closed has predictably drawn howls of rage—or is it fear?—from the many professionals who are nearly as dependent upon the drug as their patients.”
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“Six months after Mayor de Blasio promised to provide half-priced MetroCards to low-income New Yorkers starting Jan. 1, commuters, advocates and other officials remain in the dark about the program.”