City plans to fight heroin by allowing it

Submission Date: May 25, 2016
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Source: CNN Politics(www.cnn.com)

Suffering from the drug epidemic isn’t what sets Ithaca apart. It’s how their mayor wants to deal with it that makes Ithaca unique.

Ithaca, N.Y. (CNN)Don’t be fooled by the bucolic scenery or the leafy college campuses; Ithaca, New York has been rocked by the scourge of the heroin epidemic sweeping the United States.

Suffering from the drug epidemic isn’t what sets Ithaca apart. It’s how their mayor wants to deal with it that makes Ithaca unique.
The city is nestled along the southern shores of Lake Cayuga and consistently recognized as a great place to live in United States. Home to three colleges, it’s one of the nation’s “Smartest Cities” and boasts low rates of unemployment. But since 2005, eleven people here have died here from opioid overdoses. Seven of those occurred in the past two years. And in a one-month stretch this spring, four Ithaca residents lost their lives.
In response, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has proposed launching a program that has never been legally attempted in the United States: Giving addicts a clean and safe place in the city to use heroin in town.
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