Wednesday, a federal judge from Pennsylvania ruled that a nonprofit's plan to open the first supervised safe injection site in the United States does not violate federal law, according to The Hill. U.S. district judge Gerald McHugh went against the wishes of the Justice Department with this ruling.
Previously, the justice department sought to prevent the opening of "consumption rooms." These consumption rooms are safe places for drug users where they can use sterile equipment to perform injections under the supervision of medically trained staff. Judge McHugh ruled that these consumption rooms do not violate the Controlled Substances Act and that it does not condone illegal drug use.
These consumption rooms exist other places in the world with the purpose of preventing opioid users from sharing contaminated needles. Medical professionals will stand by armed with the anti-overdose drug naloxone. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has been an advocate for the movement in an attempt to combat the city's opioid epidemic.
The Justice Department reported that they are disappointed by the review and "will take all available steps to pursue further judicial review." Regardless, as of now consumption rooms have the green light under Judge Gerald McHugh's jurisdiction.