'It keeps us safe': An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, Evelyn Milan, right, director of services at VOCAL-NY, prepares a package with sterile injecting equipment for a

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, Evelyn Milan, right, director of services at VOCAL-NY, prepares a package with sterile injecting equipment for a

In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, photo, Jeremy Saunders, co-executive director of VOCAL-NY, speaks as he stands next to a safe needle disposal containe

In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, photo, Jeremy Saunders, co-executive director of VOCAL-NY, speaks as he stands next to a safe needle disposal containe

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, Laura Levine, health educator and naloxone coordinator at VOCAL-NY, gives a volunteer instructions on how to adm

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, Laura Levine, health educator and naloxone coordinator at VOCAL-NY, gives a volunteer instructions on how to adm

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, a Narcan nasal device, which delivers naloxone, lies on a counter as VOCAL-NY health educator and naloxone coord

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, a Narcan nasal device, which delivers naloxone, lies on a counter as VOCAL-NY health educator and naloxone coord

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, VOCAL-NY harm reduction coordinator Paula Santiago, left, and peer educator Chris Marshal walk through a park ne

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, VOCAL-NY harm reduction coordinator Paula Santiago, left, and peer educator Chris Marshal walk through a park ne

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, a used syringe and empty liquor bottles are discarded in the bed of a sidewalk tree near VOCAL-NY headquarters i

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, a used syringe and empty liquor bottles are discarded in the bed of a sidewalk tree near VOCAL-NY headquarters i

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, VOCAL-NY peer educator Alfredo Padilla removes a used syringe left in the bed of a sidewalk tree near the organi

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, VOCAL-NY peer educator Alfredo Padilla removes a used syringe left in the bed of a sidewalk tree near the organi

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, a used syringe removed from the bed of a sidewalk tree near VOCAL-NY headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, a used syringe removed from the bed of a sidewalk tree near VOCAL-NY headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New

In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, photo, activists and newlyweds Levele, right, and Nilda Pointer are seen during an interview at VOCAL-NY headquarters

In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, photo, activists and newlyweds Levele, right, and Nilda Pointer are seen during an interview at VOCAL-NY headquarters

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, peer educator Chris Marshal, left, takes a nap as a member signs in before using the bathroom at the VOCAL-NY he

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, peer educator Chris Marshal, left, takes a nap as a member signs in before using the bathroom at the VOCAL-NY he

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018 photo, Evelyn Milan, right, director of services at VOCAL-NY, buzzes a member into the bathroom at the organization's he

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018 photo, Evelyn Milan, right, director of services at VOCAL-NY, buzzes a member into the bathroom at the organization's he

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, a member enters the bathroom at VOCAL-NY headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York. VOCAL-NY runs a needl

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, a member enters the bathroom at VOCAL-NY headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York. VOCAL-NY runs a needl

In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, photo, a safe needle disposal container hangs in the bathroom of VOCAL-NY headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New

In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, photo, a safe needle disposal container hangs in the bathroom of VOCAL-NY headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New

In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, photo, a timer placed on a sign-in sheet counts down the 10 minutes members are allowed to use the bathroom at VOCAL-N

In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, photo, a timer placed on a sign-in sheet counts down the 10 minutes members are allowed to use the bathroom at VOCAL-N

In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, photo, peer educator Jeffery Foster stands outside as a member uses the bathroom at VOCAL-NY headquarters in the Brook

In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, photo, peer educator Jeffery Foster stands outside as a member uses the bathroom at VOCAL-NY headquarters in the Brook

NEW YORK (AP) — At a Brooklyn storefront, people sign up to use a bathroom outfitted to try to curb the drug overdose crisis.

They'll be checked on, by intercom, about every three minutes while in the restroom at this needle exchange program, called VOCAL-NY. If there's no response, a staffer will unlock the door and come in, ready with anti-overdose medication.

VOCAL-NY says in eight years, a few people have overdosed but all have been rescued.

Monitored bathrooms like this are quietly providing something of an example as U.S. communities debate allowing more full-fledged — and controversial — safe havens for people to take heroin and other narcotics.

Cities including New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle are seeking to open such facilities, while some counties and cities have banned them.