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New York May Become First US City to Create Drug Strategy Office

© AP Photo / Anja Niedringhaus / A drug addict holds a needle and syringe.
A drug addict holds a needle and syringe. - Sputnik International
New York City lawmakers want to add an Office of Drug Strategy to the long list of city agencies, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) said in a statement after the lawmakers introduced a new bill calling for the creation for such an office.

NEW YORK (Sputnik) — The DPA explained that similar offices exist in numerous Canadian and European cities, the New York City office would be “the first of its kind in the US.”

The role of the Office would be to play a central role in “unwinding failed war on drugs policies,” the statement said.

“The bill [Intro 748] would create an Office of Drug Strategy charged with coordinating policy and programmatic priorities across dozens of city agencies and collaborating with community organizations.”

The Office would also moderate all components of the New York City government that deal with drugs issues toward promoting access to care, treatment and other solutions.

Moreover, the Office would be charged with identifying racial disparities that result from current drug policies.

A hearing on the bill is scheduled to take place Tuesday morning.

The DPA is the leading organization in the United States promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion and human rights, according to its website.

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