The city’s plan to make Longwood home for a new safe injection site for intravenous drug users is facing resistance from residents, who argue that the neighborhood is already awash in homeless shelters and social service programs, and can’t handle any more.
Earlier this year, a New York state senator introduced a bill that aims to establish mandated reporters responsible for reporting suspected incidents of elder abuse or maltreatment.
The South Bronx had the highest rate of drug overdoses in the city last year, according to a study by the health department. City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. is proposing a bill to require local schools to have the antidote on hand to administer if needed, but the mayor’s office is pushing back.
The 41st Precinct released a report last week, detailing its initial efforts to bring Hunts Point/Longwood restaurants, bars and liquor stores into compliance, in efforts to reduce underage drinking and substance abuse.
As of 2016, 34 in every 100,000 residents in the Bronx died from an overdose, more than gun homicides and car crashes combined, according to a study by the New York Department of Health.
For the Phoenix of South Bronx High School, the pressure was officially on. To keep their undefeated 12-0 season going, they’d have to score in the last rays of spring light.
Dwindling Little League sign-ups are not just a Hunts Point problem. Last year a new little league baseball organization serving kids in Longwood and Soundview also never took hold.
Many residents who felt that the previous planned location was too isolated are relieved that the dispensary will be in a high-traffic area. They were nervous that the isolation of the company’s former choice of locations, and the fact that its transactions are in cash, would have made it a target for crime.