Smoking crack sanctioned at NYC ‘safe injection sites,' driving business away

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People walk past an East Harlem health clinic that offers free needles and other services to drug users on Dec. 1, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Smoking crack cocaine is officially sanctioned at the “safe injection sites” Mayor Bill de Blasio brought to Manhattan this week in a move that’s infuriated the centers’ neighbors — and has at least one business owner packing his bags.

“People are allowed to bring the substance that they prefer to use here and they are permitted to consume the substance in the manner of their choice,” East Harlem site director Kallin See confirmed.

“We are there to make sure that no medical emergency occurs and to connect them into care if they need that,” she said, adding that many of her clients use drugs laced with fentanyl including heroin, cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, amphetamine and K2.

The nonprofit is one of two in Upper Manhattan that became the country’s first legal shooting galleries when they opened yesterday.

And they have had an immediate effect — but maybe not the one de Blasio, who has just four weeks left in office, was hoping for as business owners still left standing try and dig out from the pandemic.

One merchant near the second center, in Washington Heights, said the junkie haven is forcing him to move his retail shop out of the neighborhood.

“Now they’re going to promote the drugs and people don’t have to worry if they get sick or they’re going to die because they’re gonna have medical people that are gonna take care of them so that they don’t overdose and die so that they can do their drugs again tomorrow?” the shop owner said.

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Sanctioning smoking crack cocaine at the safe injection sites has caused at least one business owner to leave.

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“It doesn’t make any sense to me,” the frustrated businessman said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear that his shop would be vandalized.

In East Harlem, Camila Casto, 35, said she opposed the E. 126th Street site.

“Some people argue that drugs shouldn’t be stigmatized. I disagree. The mentality needs to be that drugs are evil, drugs are criminal, drugs will kill you — not, ‘Drugs are OK if used in a controlled environment,’” Casto said.

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A bin for dirty needles sits outside of an East Harlem health clinic.

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“What kind of example does it set for my daughter when she sees people walking out of here all wobbly from just having shot up, with bags of free needles in their hands?” she asked.

Another local resident, Bob Evans, 54, agreed with Casto.

“I know that drug use is a huge problem right now and that drugs are easy to get from dealers, I even know a few dealers myself, but I think that the criminal aspect keeps the number of addicts from being a lot higher,” Evans told The Post.

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Smoking crack is officially sanctioned at one of the two safe injection sites.

“Also, I’m not sure an injection site is the best thing for my community. People who shoot up inside here tend to hang around, kind of like people outside a bar on a Saturday night. These aren’t the kinds of people you want hanging around on your block,” he said.

A rep for the Washington Heights CORNER Project on W. 180th Street confirmed that clients are not barred from using any type of substance including crack.

Still, the sites are primary marketed as legal shooting galleries to users of injectable drugs by providing clean syringes and medications like Naloxone that can reverse opioid overdoses.

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The sites will offer drug users a safe and clean space to inject their drugs while being supervised in case of a medical emergency.

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“It’s a good program. It’s not just a place to only shoot up and smoke crack. They provide more than that,” longtime addict Julio Torres, 37, told The Post Tuesday outside New York Harm Reduction Educators on E. 126th Street.

De Blasio and his health officials have touted the life-saving effects of the centers but when asked by The Post on Wednesday, they couldn’t cite any specific studies backing up that claim. 

A rep for city Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi later sent The Post a 2021 article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that was inconclusive about such sites’ effectiveness.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City has opened two “Overdose Prevention Centers,” the first supervised injection sites for drug users in the nation.

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“For people who inject drugs, supervised injection facilities may reduce the risk of
overdose morbidity and mortality and improve access to care while not increasing crime or public nuisance to the surrounding community,” the article found based on 22 studies of sites largely in Vancouver, Canada.

The city sites are technically illegal under federal law but it’s unclear if President Biden’s administration would enforce the so called ‘crack house statue’ that prohibits owning or operating a premises for the purpose of using illicit drugs.

When asked how the city would regulate or inspect the sites, the spokesman said, “We maintain regular communication with the providers and offer technical assistance. The providers have decades of experience providing lifesaving services to their clients. Staff are medically trained and sites have very diligent protocol in place.”

Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks and Morgan Grenz

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