March 12, 2018 – Elected officials in Philadelphia are continuing important efforts to ensure the city is addressing the drug epidemic and the disease of addiction appropriately.
Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, who introduced a resolution in January and represents communities in Kensington, is focused on residents affected by the opioid crisis. According to WHYY, Quiñones-Sánchez wants to ensure those seeking treatment for addiction can access care:
The City Council hearing comes out of a resolution passed in January, just two days after the city announced it would seek to open a safe injection site for drug users. The resolution was introduced by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, who represents communities in Kensington that are bearing the brunt of the epidemic.
“A lot of the focus has been on the trauma of the people addicted, and not enough focus on the trauma of the children and the residents that are trapped within that,” she said.
The councilwoman said the city needs to do more to address the bridge encampments along Lehigh Avenue that are swelling with homeless drug users, who often openly inject drugs in public.
She said the hearing would be an opportunity to ask officials in the city’s behavioral health system why they haven’t been able to get more of these opioid users off the streets.
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