U.S. attorney vows measures to stop safe injection site plan, says he ‘won’t look the other way’

October 13, 2018

FILE PHOTO – U.S. Attorney William McSwain speaks in his Chestnut Street office on Thursday May 3, 2018.

By Staff

Calling the idea “fundamentally illegal,” the region’s top federal law enforcement official is vowing that his office will take measures — possibly including arrests and prosecutions — to prevent Philadelphia from becoming home to the nation’s first safe injection site.

In an interview Friday with the Inquirer and Daily News, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain said he did not doubt the good intentions of a coalition of local advocates, including former Gov. Ed Rendell, that announced plans this month to open such a site.

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