No Safe Space for Safehouse

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia launched a legal challenge Wednesday against what could be America’s first site for medically supervised opioid injections, NPR reports.

This is the US government’s first intervention into the hot-button issue of injection sites and could be an important litmus test as a dozen cities consider similar proposals.

Such sites already exist in Canada and Europe, but prosecutors claim such a facility would violate a section of the Controlled Substances Act known as the “crack house statute.”

The law makes it illegal to maintain a space to use controlled substances. Supporters of injection sites say the law wasn’t intended to block public health efforts, The New York Times reports.

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