“In Switzerland, which has 23 supervised injection facilities, overdose deaths have decreased by two-thirds,” explained Svante Myrick ’09. “If we had what Switzerland has in America, 5,000 fewer people would have died last year. The facility will keep people alive.”
The plan, proposed by Mayor Svante Myrick ’09, proposes that addicts be given clean equipment and supervised in drug consumption in order to prevent overdose deaths and the spread of diseases such as HIV and AIDS.
Svante Myrick’s ’09 Ithaca Plan recognizes that the current system has not been effective in addressing heroin use. His attempt at finding a better approach — by forming a municipal drug strategy committee and engaging over 200 Ithacans for the past two years — is bold and community-oriented.