WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY – A one-of-its-kind injection site has reversed more life-threatening overdoses than days open to the public in Washington Heights, new data shows.
The Washington Heights Safe Injection Center said on Wednesday it had canceled 47 overdoses since it opened 35 days ago, a spokesperson told Patch.
This means that the staff are canceling about 1.3 overdoses per day on average.
The West 180th Street site and an East Harlem branch made history on November 30 when they became the first supervised injection sites to open in the United States.
Staff at both sites provide clean needles and administer naloxone to reverse overdoses and provide users with drug treatment options amid a devastating outbreak of opioid-related deaths.
Both sites are managed by New York Harm Reduction Educators and Washington Heights Corner Project, which merged to create OnPoint NYC.
A spokesperson for OnPoint NYC told Patch about the two sites’ results just over a month after they opened.
At the East Harlem site, staff have canceled 29 overdoses since opening, the OnPoint NYC spokesperson told Patch.
In total, the two sites had a total of 473 participants who used the two centers 3,316 times in 35 days.
The spokesperson for OnPoint NYC did not have the total number of attendees and usage for the two sites separately.