10 Mar America’s First Supervised Drug Consumption Site: OnPoint NYC
AJ doesn’t know why he can’t stop using drugs. He has serious health issues from reusing dirty needles and has been homeless more times than he can count. AJ has been in and out of detox and rehab multiple times.
In 2021 alone, AJ says he was in treatment over ten times! It’s for people like AJ who suffer from addiction that OnPoint NYC opened. OnPoint NYC is the operator of the nation’s first and only sanctioned supervised consumption centers.
The nonprofit, which runs two harm reduction programs in northern Manhattan (East Harlem and Washington Heights), provides life-saving services as the country seeks to cope with record levels of drug overdose fatalities.
A safe consumption site is a place where people can use their drugs in the presence of professionals who make sure they are safe and healthy. Professionals are there to keep users alive in the event they overdose.