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New York City opens first U.S. sites for supervised narcotics injection

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NYC narcotics injectionThe first sites in the United States that allow narcotics users to inject drugs under the supervision of trained staff opened in New York City on Tuesday, a move aimed at stemming a surge in overdose deaths.

The city's health department said two sites, both located in Upper Manhattan, may begin operations as of Tuesday. They are run by two existing Syringe Service Providers, organizations that offer a range of services including access and disposal of injection equipment.

"Overdose Prevention Centers are a safe and effective way to address the opioid crisis," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in the statement. "I'm proud to show cities in this country that after decades of failure, a smarter approach is possible."

Citing research, proponents say the sites provide clean, safe places that save lives and can help curb addiction.

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