Not content to own a murder rate which rivals that of Chicago, Kenney now wants to open “safe injection sites” for the city’s thousands of heroin addicts. What could possibly go wrong?
The opioid epidemic has ravaged Philadelphia, and many in the city feel that drastic measures are necessary to stem a scourge of overdoses, including a radical plan to provide a safe space where people can use illegal drugs while under supervision.
The Justice Department sued the nonprofit Safehouse in February, arguing that opening the facility in Philadelphia — the first supervised consumption facility in the United States — would violate federal law. Likening the idea to a crack house, federal officials say allowing the use of illicit drugs with impunity enables and exacerbates the intractable opioid problem; the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania argued that opening Safehouse would violate the Controlled Substances Act, which makes it illegal to open or run a place where illegal drugs are knowingly used.
Safehouse and its backers are now arguing in a court filing and in interviews that innovative local action is the only thing that will help solve Philadelphia’s opioid crisis, one of the worst in the country, and that ensuring users don’t fatally overdose is an immediate public need.
Yeah sorry, but my give-a-shit meter is completely empty. These junkies are responsible for robberies, thefts, assaults, and other equally heinous crimes – mostly while high – and we’re supposed to ALLOW them to shoot up on our dime? Yeah, no.
Oh, here’s the best part. The “mayor,” a man who declared Philly a sanctuary city when he was sworn in, is considering ordering the police to ignore the junkies going in and out of the injection sites. So, if said junkie had fifty packets of heroin on him, we won’t be able to arrest him. Worse still, if the same junkie comes out of the site, and say, starts threatening people, “the mayor” doesn’t want him arrested.
The site is slated to be placed in the Kensington section of the city; ground zero for heroin. It’s miles and miles away from Kenney’s home, of course, so he doesn’t case, but there are still some good people in that neighborhood, and now their neighborhood will resemble a scene from The Walking Dead.
I hate this city so much. I despise it. I wish it would burn to the ground.
P.S. – I’m taking Saturday off so I can recover from sleep deprivation. I’ll have a Sunday Services post up.