Uptown Rep. Rodriguez On Overdose Prevention Center Announcement (Spanish)

On Friday, May 4th, 2018, uptown Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez issued the following statement on the announcement of opening an Overdose Prevention Center in Washington Heights:

“The rise in opioid use and abuse is a national epidemic that is, unfortunately, affecting our neighborhoods. The people that would be seeking services at Overdose Prevention Centers need our help and support.

“In the coming weeks, I look forward to engaging the community in this conversation and listening their thoughts and concerns about siting such a center in our community.

“Above all, we must ensure we make thoughtful decisions for the benefit of those receiving services and nearby residents. We would also have to be careful of where we site the center, particularly in light of our experience with a similar facility in our district.”

In Spanish:

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El viernes 4 de mayo, el concejal Ydanis Rodríguez emitió la siguiente declaración sobre el anuncio de la apertura de un Centro de Prevención de Sobredosis en Washington Heights:

“El aumento en el uso y abuso de opioides es una epidemia nacional que, lamentablemente, está afectando a nuestras comunidades. Las personas que buscarían servicios en los Centros de Prevención de Sobredosis necesitan nuestra ayuda y apoyo.

“En las próximas semanas, continuaremos el diálogo con la comunidad sobre este tema para escuchar sus comentarios e inquietudes sobre la ubicación de dicho centro en nuestra comunidad.

“Sobre todo, debemos asegurarnos de tomar decisiónes cuidadosamente para el beneficio de aquellos que reciben servicios y residentes del area. También debemos de pensar bien dónde ubicaríamos el centro, particularmente dado nuestra experiencia con lugares similares en nuestro distrito”.

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