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February 27, 2020

First supervised drug injection site in US is almost ready to open

  • The facilities have long operated in Canada and Europe and have been considered by several U.S. cities, including Seattle.
    The Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia nonprofit group detailed plans Wednesday to open next week what would be the nation's first medically supervised injection site to combat overdose deaths, despite outrage from neighbors and opposition from the local federal prosecutor.

    The announcement came after a federal judge who oversaw months of litigation ruled Tuesday that the Safehouse plan wouldn't violate federal drug laws because it aims to reduce drug use, not encourage it.

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