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Philadelphia was once poised to open the nation’s first supervised injection or safe consumption site.
Instead, it’s about to become the first major city to enact a near-total ban on such sites.
Philadelphia City Council passed legislation Thursday that will ban what are sometimes called overdose prevention centers in nearly all neighborhoods and city districts.
These centers and sites exist in New York City and soon in Rhode Island, but have largely remained controversial in the U.S. They are places where people can bring and use illegal drugs and substances under the supervision of others who can intervene in cases of overdose.