East Harlem and Harlem are disproportionately impacted by the oversaturation of drug treatment programs. The density of these programs far exceeds local/resident need, and instead the numerous methadone clinics and OnPoint's Supervised Injection Site, serve people from other neighborhoods, even other cities.
In the past few years, residents have reported a dramatic increase in open-air drug use, drug dealing, public urination and defecation, petty crimes, and syringes left as waste on the sidewalks, streets and in the park. These behaviors and actions have notably altered the quality of life of residents of this neighborhood.
Are East Harlem and Harlem experiencing a different type of drug tourism?
In his blog post entitled “Taking Back Harm Reduction,” David Preston, a Seattle-based advocate for better solutions to the problems of homelessness and addiction, adds another dimension to the problem of drug tourism. He writes...