There’s still no word from state health officials on whether New York City can proceed with plans for safe injection sites.
A state Department of Health spokesman said Friday that the agency hasn’t decided whether to approve Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s one-year pilot plan to open up to four sites where drug users can shoot up while observed by medical professionals who can intervene in case of overdose.
De Blasio first floated the idea a year ago.
Health department spokesman Jonah Bruno wouldn’t say when a decision will be announced. He noted that the federal prosecutor in Philadelphia has sued to block plans for an injection site there.
Advocates say injection sites have been successful in Canada and Europe and that the delay in New York is costing lives.