Court halts Seattle efforts to create heroin injection sites

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle has hit a setback in its effort to create a supervised heroin consumption site after federal appeals court denied a similar effort in Philadelphia to create locations for heroin users to inject the drug with a nurse present. KOMO-TV reported that the court voted 2-1 on Tuesday to rule a consumption site in Pennsylvania would violate federal drug laws. The Seattle & King County Public Health Department previously approved supervised injection sites three years ago. But an effort to find a fixed location failed and further efforts to create mobile sites were stalled. Seattle was waiting to see how the appeals court would rule before moving forward.