US attorney sues to halt opening of supervised drug site in Philadelphia, home to highest opioid death rate of any big US city

The top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia has filed suit to stop a not-for-profit organization from opening a first-in-the-nation supervised drug injection site to address the city’s opioid problem.

The lawsuit pits the US attorney William McSwain’s stance on safe injection sites against those of Philadelphia’s mayor, district attorney and a former Pennsylvania governor. McSwain believes supporters should try to change the laws, not break them.

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