The city of #Philadelphia is trying its best to get ahead of the opioid epidemic! Philly is currently experiencing its worst public health crisis ever with more than 1,700 opioid deaths recorded in 2017. Today, city officials announced that they have decided to set up safe and supervised injection sites. These sites would be staffed by medical professionals who know how to reposed to overdoses.
City health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley says that the sites aren’t necessarily for supervised drug use, rather to bring users into treatment. It is not clear when these centers will open, because the city is currently searching for private and nonprofit companies to propose offers! “Part of what we’re doing here today is publicizing this interest in the hopes that there are funders who will appear who care about saving lives and see this as an opportunity to do so,” he said.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro isn’t here for this idea and met it with harsh criticism. “There is no safe way to inject heroin, fentanyl and carfentanyl. These are dangerous drugs with devastating consequences,” he said. He just doesn’t believe that this program is “an effective path to treatment.”
Via NBC Philadelphia:
“While Philly may be supportive of such a site, those who run and participate in the program may not be clear of legal complications.
Federal law will still apply and the Trump Administration has shown a willingness to turn back toward a “war on drugs” strategy. A few weeks ago, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled back an Obama Administration policy telling prosecutors to avoid enforcing marijuana laws in states that have legalized the drug.
City officials said they would be helpless in attempting to stop federal agents from raiding a location, seizing the property, and arresting all connected with it.”
What are your thoughts, Roommates?
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