August 4, 2017 – There are many facets to the drug epidemic in the United States that need to be addressed, but one group of officials in the Delaware Valley is trying an unprecedented approach.
In June, the City of Philadelphia finalized an agreement to renovate an area of the Kensington neighborhood where piles of used drug paraphernalia and trash have accumulated. The efforts started this week to begin one phase of ongoing effort to curb the opioid crisis.
While the plans will have a significant impact in the neighborhood, city officials understand more must be done to help the people living with addiction who frequent the area.
An Inquirer editorial praises the city’s “uncharted” course to address the problem:
To disrupt supply and demand, the city plans to take a two-prong approach: aggressively targeting drug dealers and working with doctors to stop the overprescribing of opioids, which leads to addiction.
Philadelphia’s ambitious holistic approach, pulling together social workers, health experts, and police to reinforce a neighborhood and treat addicts, is a less traveled course.
“I don’t know if it’s going to work,” [City Managing Director Michael] DiBerardinis said. “My instincts tell me it has a shot.”
Read the full story on philly.com.