Feb 27, 2020 - Health

First supervised drug injection site in U.S. to open in Philadelphia

Advocates for a safe injection site hold signs honoring loved ones in Philadelphia.
Advocates for safe injection sites rally in front of the James A Byrne Federal Courthouse in Center City, Philadelphia, on Sept. 5, 2019. Photo: Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The nation's first supervised drug-use site is set to open in Philadelphia next week, after a federal judge ruled Tuesday in favor of the nonprofit that plans to open it, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: Advocates of such sites say that they help prevent deadly overdoses while potentially helping connect users with treatment, but federal law enforcement officials have said that they think such sites are illegal. The Justice Department — which brought the lawsuit against the nonprofit — said it's appealing the decision.

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Editor's note: The image has been changed to reflect a rally the supervised drug-use site in Philadelphia.

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