Mayor Jim Kenney started a task force to combat the opioid epidemic in response to over 900 people who died of overdoses in Philadelphia last year.
Philadelphia and cities around the country are debating a controversial idea to reduce overdose fatalities by creating safe-injection sites — places where people can inject illegal drugs under supervision.
Tuesday on “Radio Times,” Mary Cummings Jordan spoke with Liz Evans, founder of InSite in Vancouver — the first supervised-injection site in North America — about this alternative method. Later in the show, Priya Mammen, professor of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Devin Reaves, a recovery advocate and social worker — both members of Kenney’s task force — joined the discussion.
“The truth is people are out there using drugs, and if we can’t access them, we can’t help them,” Reaves said.