March 20, 2018 – Tempers flared in a Philadelphia community as city officials hosted a community meeting to discuss having a “safe” injection site in the neighborhood.
The Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic invited Northeast Philadelphia residents to share their thoughts on the proposal to designate Comprehensive User Engagement Sites – or CUES – in the area. According to 6ABC, the idea did not go over well:
“Why in the hell would you put up these sites in these neighborhoods?” asked one resident.
Fox Chase residents turned out in force to hear the task force’s ideas about the injection sites or CUES – Comprehensive User Engagement Sites – places where heroin users could go to safely inject heroin in a supervised setting.
“It’s important that these sites be in places that are convenient to where users are currently,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.
Officials point out that approximately 1,200 people died of drug overdoses in the city last year. That is four times the city’s homicide rate. They point out that the number of deaths has been reduced in cities like Vancouver, cities with safe injection sites.
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