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Akshar sponsors a bill that prohibits supervised injection sites

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - State Senator Fred Akshar has sponsored a bill that prohibits supervised injection sites across New York. 

Last year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to open four supervised injection sites across the city allowing heroin users to shoot up with clean supplies in a "safe" space.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has also proposed a supervised injection site for his city.

Akshar says that he's been a longtime advocate of increasing treatment options and improving access to that treatment, but that it would be irresponsible to redirect government resources toward an unproven and dangerous experiment like supervised injection sites.

Akshar carried the bill introduced by Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis that amends the public health law and the education law, prohibiting such sites across the state.

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