Teresi, Young Come Out Against Injection Facilities

Places where drug users can go to use their drugs under the supervision of a trained nurse are a bad idea.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick proposed in March for his city to host the nation’s first supervised injection facility, enabling heroin users to shoot illegal drugs into their bodies under the care of a nurse without getting arrested by police. Myrick asked the state Health Department to declare the heroin epidemic a state health crisis, which he said would allow Ithaca to proceed without involving the state Legislature. Rosenthal, state Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse chairwoman, recently came out in support of supervised injection facilities.

We’re glad to hear Mayor Sam Teresi and state Sen. Catharine Young, R-C-I-Olean, come out against heroin injection sites. Both have the right idea – continue making life difficult on drug suppliers while doing all that is possible to increase options for counseling, education and treatment facilities for those battling addiction.

Heroin is, the last time we checked, an illegal substance. Making it easier for people to use such drugs breaks the law and goes against the basic conventions of medical practice. If addicts can make a choice to use drugs safely, they can similarly make the choice to get help. It’s the community’s job to make sure that the help they need is available.