Ithaca, N.Y. — Mayor Svante Myrick announced Wednesday that he has brought together a group of experts to deliver a “comprehensive set of policy recommendations” for reducing drug abuse in Ithaca.

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The committee has already been working for seven months and will soon be asking for the public’s input on the plan, Myrick said during his “State of the City” address at City Hall.

“Together they’ve created the groundwork for an approach that will break drug policy into four pillar areas: law enforcement, treatment, prevention and harm reduction,” Myrick said.

The group is being led by Bill Rusen, executive director of Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services, and includes staff from law enforcement, health care, education, social services, non-profits and the private sector, according to the mayor.

Myrick did not name any other members of the group or say what the group’s recommendations might include.

He did say, however, that the “comprehensive” policy recommendations “…if adopted will reduce the impact of drug abuse on our community.”

Here’s the text of the mayor’s speech:


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.