As fentanyl overdose crisis hits Americans hard where’s proof that ‘safe injection sites’ work?
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As recently as his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden decried the wave of fentanyl overdose deaths in the U.S., decrying the fact that, as he said, “fentanyl is killing more than 70,000 Americans a year.” But daily in New York City, the Biden Justice Department is turning a blind idea to sites where illegal drugs may be used, contrary to federal law. Two so-called “safe injection sites” have been operating in Manhattan for more than a year, contrary to a January 2021, federal court decision, which judged a similar site in Philadelphia to be in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Nonetheless, New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ administration, clearly without fear of federal intervention, last week announced plans to open five more such sites, where addicts can inject illegal drugs under medical supervision. We know that they’re illegal. What we don’t know is whether they actually help stem the wave of drug use and deaths. That’s because neither New York nor Washington is actually asking that or other key questions about “safe injection.”
Let’s assume that the sites reflect a sincere effort to reduce the wave of drug