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Director, Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University
Emma Bloomberg Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management


On February 19, 2020, just hours after a federal judge had entered his ruling that a nonprofit called Safehouse could legally operate an “overdose prevention site” in Philadelphia, word spread that a facility would soon open in South Philadelphia in a commercial area adjacent to a health center. Mayor Jim Kenney, who had been advocating for such a facility for over two years, deemed the location near his childhood home “perfect,” noting its proximity to a hospital and its “discrete entrance and exit.” Nearby residents and business owners, however, took to the streets in protest, apparently blindsided by the news.


Moore, Gaylen, Jorrit de Jong, Kimberlyn Leary, and Christopher Robichaud. "Reducing Harm: Overdose Prevention in Philadelphia." 2020.