08 Jun “People Don’t Have to Die:” Inside America’s First Overdose Prevention Center
In 2021, more than 107,000 people died of a drug overdose in the U.S. This amounts to one overdose death every five minutes for a full year.
One man attempting to change all this is Sam Rivera, executive director of OnPoint NYC. The organization prevents drug-related deaths by providing safe spaces where people can use illegal drugs under staff supervision. New York is the first U.S. city to allow such centers.
Under federal law, they remain illegal. Sam Rivera joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the lifesaving work taking place at his organization.