Inside New York City’s supervised consumption site for illegal drugs

The nation’s first government-sanctioned overdose prevention centers where people can use illegal drugs under supervision opened in New York City on Nov. 30, 2021, as the number of U.S. overdose deaths continues to soar.

The sites are supported by state and local officials, but similar facilities were deemed illegal under the federal “crack house statute” by former President Trump’s Justice Department in January 2021. Advocates hope the openings spur a shift toward offering services legally nationwide.

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