Philly’s supervised drug injection site moves forward

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Supervised injection site supporters in Philadelphia rally outside the federal courthouse during a hearing to determine if the proposed Safehouse would violate the federal Controlled Substances Act. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Supervised injection site supporters in Philadelphia rally outside the federal courthouse during a hearing to determine if the proposed Safehouse would violate the federal Controlled Substances Act. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

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A federal judge recently ruled that opening a place where people could use illegal drugs under the watch of doctors and nurses does not violate federal law. WHYY health reporter Nina Feldman explains why that controversial decision could pave the way for the nation’s first supervised injection site.

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