A political challenger to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is criticizing a supervised injection site proposed for the city.
Speaking at a contentious community forum in Kensington last night, Democratic state Sen. Anthony Williams said he opposes opening a place where people addicted to drugs could use them under medical supervision.
A rowdy crowd attended the discussion at a neighborhood church, where both supporters and opponents of the controversial facilities, sometimes called “safe injection sites,” shouted over speakers, including Williams.
“There’s nothing safe about a non-controlled substance with we don’t know what’s in it being injected into anybody,” Williams said.
Before he could finish, Williams was interrupted by a critic in the crowd who shouted, “It’s safer, sir!”
Williams, who represents Southwest Philadelphia and parts of Delaware County, said it wasn’t wise to move forward with a supervised injection site while it still faces serious legal threats.
“The moment we open a safe injection site in Philadelphia, the federal government will be here shutting it down,” he said.