To musician and local resident Jermaine Armstead, this is the last thing the neighborhood needs. Armstead referenced the late Lou Reed’s lyrics from the 1967 Velvet Underground song “Waiting for the Man,” while discussing his dislike of OnPoint’s supervised injection center.
“He talked about coming up to Harlem, to Lexington 125, to cop heroin, right?,” said Armstead. “And that area is still the same. It’s because it’s overly saturated with these methadone clinics that don’t work, right? So I think that the safe injection site was like the icing or the tipping point for this particular area because now folks can legally go and shoot up.”