New York Police officers were told to allow drug addicts to shoot up and share needles on the Street.
“Effective immediately, members of the service should not take any enforcement action against any individual who possesses a hypodermic needle, even when it contains residue of a controlled substance,” a directive to NYPD commanders obtained by the New York Post read.
The order cited Senate Bill 2523, which decriminalized the possession or sale of needles and syringes.
Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) commented: “This law says stick a needle in your arm, pump your body with poison and lose your life.”
“This law says to people suffering addiction that New York has given up on you, that New York doesn’t care about you,” he added.
Last week, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the measure into law.
The department’s decree also told officers, “it is no longer a violation of law for an individual to possess a hypodermic needle, even when it did not come from a pharmacy or a needle exchange program.”
Addicts are seemingly free to get needles anywhere or share them, which poses risks, creating more danger for users and communities.
“This law is a monument to how far we’ve deteriorated as a society in our relationship to the misuse of drugs,” Luke Nasta, CEO of Camelot Counseling, told the Post. “The more permissive we get as a society, the harder it is for people struggling to rehabilitate.”
On Friday, Hochul announced $5 million in funding to help people in jail treat addiction:
According to State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar, the decriminalization of drug paraphernalia indicates a sharp left turn by Hochul.
“This is not even a standard Democratic view. This is a progressive Democratic view, and that’s what she’s signing on to here,” Kassar asserted. “It all seems to be very oriented toward keeping the socialist, progressive movement happy, and she is working to protect herself against (likely NYC-based primary opponents) Tish James or Jumaane Williams.”