United States of America v. Safehouse

After a federal court ruled that Safehouse’s proposed activities are lawful, U.S. Attorney appealed. We presented our oral argument before the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, November 16, 2020.

We will post a link to the transcript of the oral arguments here when it is available.

“Studies from other countries have shown that [overdose prevention services] reduce the number of overdose deaths, reduce transmission rates of infectious disease, and increase the number of individuals initiating treatment for substance use disorders without increasing drug trafficking or crime in the areas where the facilities are located.”[1]
—American Medical Association

“We cannot just watch as our children, our parents, our brothers, and our sisters die of drug overdose … We have to use every proven tool we can to save their lives until they recover from the grip of addiction.”[2]
—Dr. Thomas Farley, Philadelphia Health Commissioner

“By providing treatment and other services, the supervised sites can lessen the risk that the next injection leads to another funeral and another shattered family.”[3]
– The Editorial Board, Philadelphia Inquirer

  1. American Medical Association, AMA Wants New Approaches to Combat Synthetic and Injectable Drugs (Jun. 12, 2017)
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  2. City of Philadelphia, Department of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Office of the Mayor (2018, Jan. 23). City Announces Progress on Opioid Task Force Recommendations [Press release]. Retrieved Sept. 9, 2018, from https://www.phila.gov/2018-01-23-city-announces-progress-on-opioid-task-force-recommendations/
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  3. The Inquirer Editorial Board, Philly.com, “Philadelphia safe injection sites: The right move to save lives now” (Jan. 23, 2018)
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