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Philly residents skeptical over city’s plan for ‘safe’ injection sites

February 2, 2018 – Philadelphia officials have recently backed a controversial plan to introduce “safe” injection sites in the city. However, addiction experts and city residents are worried about the potential problems.

Malvern Institute believes there is nothing “safe” about supervised drug use. The only way to help individuals struggling with the disease of addiction is to provide treatment.

The city is still finalizing details, but City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and many city residents want the city to reconsider its plan, according to Next City:

City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, who represents parts of Kensington, has been among the more progressive elected officials when it comes to managing social service facilities like methadone clinics in her district. But after the press conference last week, Sánchez released a statement criticizing the city for its “rush to make headlines” in the absence of a comprehensive plan for addressing opioid abuse in her district, and saying that siting a safe injection facility in Kensington would “further entrench the crisis” there.

“As you know, I’m not the NIMBY councilperson,” Sánchez says. “I’ve sited some of the most controversial things. I just think on this particular one, this has been a very top-down conversation.”

Sánchez worries that the city is avoiding responsibility for anything that might go wrong at a safe injection site by inviting private operators to make proposals.

Malvern Institute: We Give Hope

If you or a loved one are living with addiction, we can help. Learn about Malvern Intervention Services or the Malvern Model Of Care by calling 610.MALVERN (610.625.8376).

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