Philadelphia is looking to establish supervised drug injection sites as the opioid epidemic cements its place as the deadliest public health crisis in the city’s modern history.
City officials announced they would encourage the development of sites that, among providing other services, would oversee medically-supervised drug consumption, ie: the government will help them get high on the taxpayer’s dime.
Often known as safe-injection sites to liberals, and government supported drug abuse hubs to everyone else, the centers are staffed with medical professionals who can immediately respond to an overdose. They also provide critical access to addiction rehabilitation services and clean medical supplies like needles, reports NBC Philadelphia.
Dr. Thomas Farley, the city health commissioner, claims the core purpose of the sites would be interfacing with drug users and offering addiction treatment services.
The centers are staffed with medical professionals who can immediately respond to an overdose that they caused by providing the drugs to begin with. They also provide critical access to addiction rehabilitation services and clean medical supplies like needles.
Dr. Thomas Farley, the city health commissioner, said the core purpose of the sites would be interfacing with drug users and offering addiction treatment services.
“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.
Communist-Democrat ruled Philadelphia, which saw more than 1,200 overdose deaths in 2017 fueled by the opioid crisis, could become the first U.S. city to create such a program — though other municipalities have floated similar proposals. Seattle, Washington, is in the planning stages of creating a site.
The New York Post reports that Mayor Jim Kenney wasn’t at the news conference but Farley said the Democrat supports the recommendation.
Democrat-Communist Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym called the plan “bold, brave, and lifesaving.”
“This crisis requires us to think differently and comprehensively about how to reach everybody impacted by the opioid crisis,” the Democrat said, following the party line of avoiding holding people responsible for their actions. Typical of Democrats, they created the drug problem with lax enforcement, and now wish to spend taxpayer money to fix their mistakes, yet again.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said sanctioning such sites presents public safety concerns and changes in state and federal law would have to be made in order for them to operate legally. The Democrat also expressed doubt that the sites are an effective path to treatment.
“There is no safe way to inject heroin, fentanyl and carfentanyl,” he said in a statement. “These are dangerous drugs with devastating consequences.”
House Speaker Mike Turzai, who is running for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, called Philadelphia’s safe injection plan misguided and a violation of federal law.
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