PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The nation’s first supervised drug injection site is one step closer to opening in Philadelphia.READ MORE: Vigil Held For Jim Rogers, Pittsburgh Man Who Died After Being Tased By Police During Arrest
Officials with Safehouse, the nonprofit that wants to open the first site, said Thursday the group is in negotiations to sign a lease in Kensington, a neighborhood known as the center of the city’s opioid crisis.
The announcement comes a month after Philadelphia’s top federal prosecutor filed a suit to stop Safehouse from opening a site.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Investigating After Body Found In Monongahela River
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Safehouse was offered a property by an anonymous owner. Rendell is on the board of Safehouse. Radio station WHYY was first to report the latest developments.
Philly.com reports Safehouse vice president Ronda Goldfein said the lease is for a “nominal” fee.
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