Mitrano: Open Heroin Injection Sites “Appropriate”

Citing a report released this month by the state of Vermont, Tom Reed today reiterated his firm opposition to open heroin injection sites in our communities. The report from Vermont concluded that the risks of operating heroin injection sites outweigh any potential benefits.

“Only an extreme liberal ideology would support open heroin injection sites and I will not support these extremists in their effort,” said Tom. “We care about the hardworking people who choose to raise their families in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York, and it would be unfair to them if we allowed their neighborhoods to become a haven for violence, crime and homelessness.”

Tom added, “If open heroin injection sites are too extreme and dangerous for Vermont, they’re too extreme and dangerous for New York.”

This news follows Tracy Mitrano’s longtime support for open heroin injection sites in our neighborhoods, calling them an “appropriate” solution to the opioid epidemic plaguing our communities.

“It is incredibly troubling that Tracy Mitrano supports open heroin injection sites which would bring an influx of violence, crime and homelessness into our backyards,” said Abbey Daugherty, communications director for Tom Reed’s campaign. “Tom is working across the aisle to solve this problem for those struggling with addiction. This election is a clear choice. We can’t trust Tracy.”

Mitrano has been endorsed by Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick who requested approval from Andrew Cuomo for the State Department of Health to pilot a supervised drug injection program in Ithaca and has been an outspoken supporter of the sites.

Tom is fighting the opioid epidemic:
  • The 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law December 2016, established $1 billion over two years for grants to states to supplement opioid abuse prevention and treatment activities.
  • Introduced the HELP Act to help allow federal prosecutors access more severe penalties, including life in prison or the death penalty when prosecuting certain criminal drug cases.