Cities defiant after Justice Department’s threat on ‘supervised injection sites’

Advocates contend that such sites have saved the lives of countless thousands
The Washington Post (US)
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Cities seeking to open sites where illegal drug users are monitored to prevent overdoses responded defiantly to a Justice Department threat to take “swift and aggressive action” against that approach to the nationwide opioid epidemic. Plans for those “supervised injection sites” — under consideration in San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York City, Seattle and elsewhere — collided with a stern Justice Department warning issued, threatening to create a standoff between federal and local authorities like the confrontation over “sanctuary cities.” As they have before, some liberal-leaning cities trying to cope with conditions on their streets find themselves at odds with more-restrictive Trump-era policy and enforcement.