Pubdate: Wed, 24 Jan 2018
Source: Philadelphia Daily News (PA)
Copyright: 2018 Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.


On Tuesday, Philadelphia officials took a bold step in addressing the
opioid crisis that has increasingly plagued the region, by supporting
the creation of medically supervised facilities where heroin users can
safely inject drugs.

While other cities, including Seattle and Baltimore, are also moving
toward the safe site model, no city in the United States yet has an
operating, sanctioned injection facility. The policy is controversial
and polarizing, raising questions by public officials and citizens
about legality, morality, and how to address a public health crisis -
not to mention the logistical details of where and how such sites
would operate.

After reading about the city's plan on Tuesday, a majority
of commenters were skeptical of or opposed to the plan. A few readers
said they supported the idea, noting that other efforts to fight
opioid addiction have failed.

"I hope this happens," Instagram user  wrote. "Let philly
be in the forefront from combating this epidemic instead of seeing our
brothers and sisters die on the street. Let it open on my neighborhood
#washingtonpark. Less OD'd and on site medical care. What's to oppose?"

However, a majority of commenters opposed the strategy put forth by
city officials, arguing that drug users should not be allowed to
engage in illegal activity right under the nose of law

As public debate is ramping up and city officials are still in the
early stages of detailing how the sites would operate, we want to hear
more from you. What questions do you have about opioids, or so-called
safe injection sites? How would you feel about having this kind of
facility in your city - or on your block? Do you have loved ones who
are using opioids and need help? Send us your comments and questions
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