Drug overdoses join booze behind NYC nightclub bars

NEW YORK CITY — An overdose drug hunter could be served with shots of alcohol in New York nightclubs and bars.

Mayor Eric Adams signed a bill Thursday that gives free kits of Narcan — a drug that reverses opioid overdoses — to nightlife establishments across the city.

“Right next to the alcohol being served will be Narcan to help those struggling with any form of drug overdose,” he said at a bill signing ceremony.

New York City recorded 1,956 overdose deaths in the first three quarters of 2021, the data shows.

Adams said the “alarming number” is overdosing every three hours. He said many overdoses were linked to cocaine mixed with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that illegal drug manufacturers add to other drugs to make them more potent.

Many users don’t even know fentanyl is actually in the drug, he said.

“Giving our bars, clubs and venues the tools they need to deal with an unlikely overdose event really helps all establishments involved,” he said.

Bill spearheaded by Council members Keith Powers and Chi Ossé aims to reduce the number of accidental overdoses

“This is a measure that is long overdue and will, quite simply, save lives,” Ossé said in a statement.

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