A Brooklyn lawmaker desires to present bars and nightclubs with 10 free units of the opioid overdose-reversing drug Narcan.
Democratic Councilman Chi Ossé — a 23-year-old former rooftop party host and Black Lives Matter organizer — mentioned the invoice “will relieve those in the nightlife industry of an undue burden.”
If handed, the town Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will publish a record of taking part institutions on its web site, and companies may have to report each time they use the drug. Businesses may be faraway from this system if their “participation poses a serious danger to public health, safety or welfare,” says the invoice, which was launched final week.
Even those that blasted safe-injection websites, needle merchandising machines and methadone house deliveries are all for Ossé’s invoice.
“Unfortunately, we need to support stocking Narcan wherever it’s needed,” Republican Councilman Joe Borelli of Staten Island mentioned. “I only wish there was this much urgency paid to stopping fentanyl at our own southern border so we’d need less Narcan.”
Democratic Council member Bob Holden of Queens mentioned, “While Narcan itself will not be the reply to drug dependancy, a easy measure like this, that may save lives within the occasion of an overdose, is value a strive.
CEO of Camelot Counseling Staten Island Luke Nasta praised the invoice and mentioned in contrast to safe-injection websites and legalizing leisure marijuana, extra entry to Narcan doesn’t “act as an admission of surrender to drug culture.”
“Whether this bill gets passed or not, excuse my language … I’m so freaking excited to introduce my first bill,” mentioned Ossé, who reps Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Ossé’s rookie pleasure could also be quick lived as comparable proposals like requiring parks officers, libraries and colleges to carry Narcan by no means made it to a vote.
Ossé’s invoice would additionally present coaching.
Ossé refused to remark. The invoice’s co-sponsor, Majority Leader Keith Powers of Manhattan, didn’t return a message in search of remark.
Overdose deaths have been on the rise since 2011, and the town recorded 2,062 in 2020.
In many circumstances, individuals snort cocaine or inject heroin with out realizing it’s been laced with lethal fentanyl. Narcan, which is available in injections and a spray, can reverse an overdose in two to three minutes.