Supervised injection sites, where people can bring their own drugs to inject them safely, aren’t going to stop Philadelphia drug overdoses. They deal with the tail end of the opioid epidemic. But evidence suggests they can help. And endless fighting over whether they can improve the situation here in Philadelphia isn’t giving anyone a chance to find out. I’m an agnostic but willing to give the non-profit Safehouse, which is fighting to open a supervised site in Kensington, a chance as long as we set aside real money for stronger policing and continual cleaning on neighboring streets. Then let’s open the next safe injection site in Rittenhouse Square.
Editorial cartoons from this week include: