2018 Champion City

Ithaca, NY : 2018 Champion City

One-stop Support in the Fight Against Drug Addiction

  • 30,756

  • Svante Myrick

  • Directly Elected Mayor

    Type of Government
  • 4 years

    Length of Term
  • Health

    Issue Area

The Problem

Local overdose rates have increased 1,000 percent over the past 10 years—and overdose victims are too often being swept into the criminal justice system, despite research showing that community-based programs produce better outcomes.

The Idea

The City of Ithaca will adapt a proven drug policy strategy through the development of a one-stop-shop where people who use drugs can access coordinated services – ranging from harm-reducing treatment and a supervised injection facility to medical services and job training.

What Mayor Svante Myrick is saying:

Overdose rates have increased 1,000 percent in the past 10 years—and cities across America are looking for answers. We feel that Ithaca has a solution that will save lives and improve treatment outcomes.

Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca, NY

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