“#Apparent drug users continue shooting up in Midtown plaza after Post exposé”
July 29, 2020 | 10:54am
A spokeswoman for City Hall on Tuesday called the situation “entirely unacceptable” and claimed that outreach workers with the city’s Health Department would be deployed to clean up the area at 40th Street and Broadway.
But none were seen on hand Wednesday morning — as one man used a needle to inject himself in the arm with an unknown substance while seated at a table with three others. Syringes were spotted on the table.
Security officers with the Garment District Alliance, meanwhile, power washed the pedestrian plaza, dousing the pavement with appeared to be bleach, as a trio of drifters snoozed nearby.
“There have been outreach programs out here, but most of the time they don’t accept the help,” one of the guards, who’s worked in the area for seven years, told The Post about the apparent addicts.
The City Hall spokeswoman said outreach workers would provide syringe disposal kits, naloxone to reverse overdoses and try to connect the users to care and treatment.
“We will do everything we can to connect these people with drug treatment and help so they can get their lives back on track,” the spokeswoman said.
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