US attorney seeks to block plan for supervised drug center

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia is weighing whether to approve the nation’s first supervised drug injection center.

U.S. Attorney WIlliam McSwain opposes the plan. The appointee of President Donald Trump says it violates federal drug laws.

Safehouse supporters include three prominent Democrats in Philadelphia: Mayor Jim Kenney, District Attorney Larry Krasner and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

They believe they can reduce overdose deaths by having people use drugs under medical supervision. Philadelphia had 1,100 overdose deaths last year, more than three times the number of homicides.

U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh Jr. must decide whether to let the site open. He did not indicate when he might rule.

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