NYC to install clean needles and vending machines for naloxone
City health officials plan to set up 10 vending machines across the Big Apple that will dispense clean needles and anti-overdose Naloxone to drug users – an initiative he says will help break down the barriers created. by the “white privilege”.
The Dec. 8 request for proposals was released by the New York nonprofit Public Health Fund, on behalf of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which wants to start a pilot program for machines.
“Public health vending machines (PHVMs) are an emerging strategy to support low-barrier access to naloxone, sterile syringes, and other harm reduction and wellness supplies.” reads the tender for machines, which will cost taxpayers $ 730,000.
The DP has also embarked on an awakened ideological exhibition:
âTheâ¦ DOHMH is committed to improving health outcomes for all New Yorkers by explicitly advancing racial equity and social justice. Racial equity does not simply mean treating everyone equally, but rather allocating resources and services in such a way as to explicitly remove the barriers imposed by structural racism (i.e. policies and institutional practices that perpetuate racial inequity) and white privilege.
Not everyone was buying the city rationale from the vending machines.
âI would be for these vending machines if they promised to put them in Central Park, Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue – where the richest people stay,â said Hawk Newsome, the arsonist of Black Lives Matter in New York City. “Why should our children walk past people gathering around these machines and nowhere else.”
The tender lists several âpriority neighborhoodsâ that will be considered for vending machine locations, including Union Square in Manhattan and Brooklyn’s East New York.
David Carr, a newly elected Staten Island city councilor who represents one of the proposed priority moguls, called the idea “the height of absurdity.”
âWe should find ways to take these people and put them into a rehabilitation program so that they can overcome their addiction and we can try to save their lives,â Carr said. âThis will lead to an increase in crime in these areas and people will end up on the streets suffering from OD. It’s going to be terrible for the neighborhoods they’re in.
Steven Hill, an activist from Greenwich Village who faced the drug crisis in Washington Square Park, said: âNot cool. Very not cool. The city allows drug addicts at this point. It does not help them manage and end their addiction.
In 2019, there were 1,463 unintentional ODs in the city, with 1,452 in 2018, according to in the official archives. The RFP said the city’s pilot would be modeled after other vending machine programs in Clark County, Nevada and Cincinnati.