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Compassion and science must lead in safe injection debate | Commentary

BY: - October 15, 2023

By Dwayne D. Royster Across Philadelphia, the overdose epidemic is ripping apart families and shattering lives. Marginalized communities suffer the most, perpetuating a cycle of suffering borne of generations of disinvestment and exacerbated by COVID-19. We must take a thoughtful and compassionate approach to addressing this crisis.  First, we must confront a sobering reality: the […]

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Senate votes to ban supervised injection sites 

BY: - May 1, 2023

An individual violating the proposed change would face up to 20 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, or both. Organizations would be subject to a $2 million penalty.

Overdose prevention network advocates for Philly safe injection site

BY: - November 19, 2020

By Michele Zipkin PHILADELPHIA — While oral arguments in the case USA v. Safehouse took place at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Monday, Philadelphia Overdose Prevention Network (POPN), a composite of several local social justice organizations, held a demonstration outside the courthouse demanding, “overdose prevention, not incarceration!” Safehouse is a […]

Philadelphia safe-injection site will not open – for now

BY: - February 28, 2020

A representative of the South Philadelphia medical center set to rent space to a nonprofit for the nation’s first supervised injection site said the medical center will no longer allow the site to operate in its building.

With safe injection sites, ‘Somebody has to go first.’ It could be Philadelphia

BY: - November 17, 2019

Without Prevention Point and naloxone, Philadelphia health commissioner Thomas Farley estimates, the city’s already staggering overdose death toll — more than 1,100 last year in a city of 1.6 million — would be much higher.