Desperate Cities Consider ‘Safe Injection’ Sites For Opioid Users


Source: NPR

The mix of people in rows of tents under a bridge in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood includes homeless adults and some visitors from the suburbs who come here to inject opioids in secret. Natalie Piserchio for WHYY

Top Philadelphia officials are advocating that the city become the first in the U.S. to open a supervised injection site, where people suffering from heroin or opioid addiction could use the drugs under medical supervision.

But the controversial proposal aimed at addressing the city’s deadly drug crisis must first overcome resistance from top city police officials, community residents and the federal government.

It’s a divisive idea: People bring their own drugs to shoot up under the watch of medical staff, in a facility that provides clean needles and other equipment. Advocates say the


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