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Philadelphia Plans To Fight Opioid Epidemic With ‘Safe Injection Sites’

The city of brotherly love has a plan in place to fight the opioid epidemic affecting their city.

Brennen Jones

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Philadelphia has the highest opioid death rate of any major metropolitan U.S. city with more than 1,200 fatal overdoses in 2017.


On Tuesday (Jan. 23), officials made a stride to aid in the epidemic by giving their approval for safe injections sites where people battling addiction can go to inject drugs under medical supervision.

“The people in the city of Philadelphia, our brothers, our sisters, our parents, our children, are dying. And they don’t need to die. And we have an obligation to do everything we can to prevent those people from dying,” said Health Commissioner Thomas Farley during a press conference.

The city will not be funding the venture and is asking for private organizations to help out and donate to the cause. If successful, this will make the city of brotherly love the first U.S. city to implement this type of initiative.

The city is referring to the centers as “Comprehensive User Engagement Sites” and have been studying their effectiveness in cities such as Vancouver, Canada for the better part of a year.

The data shows that a single site could potentially save 25 to 75 lives a year in addition to millions of dollars in hospital costs and public funds. This would also reduce the public injection of drugs and other neighborhood problems.

The city’s Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis understands that implementing the sites are not the sole solution; but, remains hopeful.

“We are not naive,” said DiBerardinis. “Nothing you hear today is the solution, but small parts of a larger effort.”

Brennen Jones is the leading founder and publisher of TheUrbanTwist.com, a leading entertainment and media blog. He is also the founder of P.S. Web Pros, which is a web design and internet marketing company. He's also TheUrbanTwist.com's resident filmmaker and has produced and directed several short films under his Kitt HoRizon Films imprint and he's produced and have worked on video productions and commercials for various government agencies. He plans to turn The Urban Twist into a media haven so stay tuned. Brennen currently lives in Baltimore, MD. So be my friend on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter!

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