Outside Allegheny Station in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. (Natalie Piserchio for NPR)

No one asks Kensington’s children if injection site would be ‘safe’

Tuesday was the first day of school in Philadelphia, but in Kensington, students could soon face a brand-new reality.

Kensington is a neighborhood that’s been overrun by drugs, overlooked by the city, and overburdened by poverty. It’s a neighborhood where dealers shoot rivals and people use drugs and death is at both ends of the spectrum.

As part of a city strategy to stop drug overdoses, a nonprofit has proposed putting a safe injection site in that neighborhood with the city’s blessing. The Justice Department has sued to stop the site, saying it violates federal law. And on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Gerald Austin McHugh will hear oral arguments in United States v. Safehouse. Soon after, he will decide whether it’s legal to open Safehouse — a facility in which people would be able to use illegal drugs under medical supervision.

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