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Judge clears way for US’s first drug consumption room

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 04 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5884
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

A judge has ruled that opening a drug consumption room in Philadelphia would not violate federal drug laws.1

The ruling came after the US Justice Department launched a legal challenge in an attempt to stop the non-profit group Safehouse opening a drug consumption room. This would be the first US site where people could go to use illegal opioids under medical supervision.

While the Justice Department argued that such a room would be unlawful, the judge ruled in favour of Safehouse as he said the purpose of such a place would be to “reduce drug use, not facilitate it.”

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