Economic Toll Of Opioid Epidemic: $1.3 Trillion A Year

Sam Rivera used to wake up every morning and brace himself for the inevitable call: another person found dead of an opioid overdose in a park or a bathroom or an alley. But that started to change on Nov. 30, when New York City opened two overdose prevention centers where people can use drugs under the observation of trained staff who intervene if things go bad.

“I haven’t had that call in seven weeks, which is really mind-blowing,” says Rivera, the executive director of OnPoint NYC, the nonprofit group that runs the sites.

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