An extremely harsh question: should cities enable drug users to shoot up safely?

I should admit this from the start: I am an [insert slang term for the rectum here]. But it seems to me to be an obvious question: why would we want to prevent fatal drug overdoses by heroin addicts? From The Washington Post:

Justice Department sues Philadelphia over supervised injection facility that aims to prevent fatal drug overdoses

By Katie Zezima | February 6, 2019 | 7:00 PM EST

The federal government has filed a lawsuit to block the city of Philadelphia from opening a site where people can go to illegally use drugs while under supervision, an effort aimed at preventing overdoses amid the nationwide opioid epidemic. The lawsuit sets up a court battle over whether such facilities violate federal law or save lives.

The Justice Department sued Safehouse, a nonprofit organization that planned to open what is known as a supervised injection facility in Philadelphia. Such facilities allow illicit drug abuse but monitor users closely, getting them immediate help in the event of an overdose or adverse reaction. The idea has gained some traction elsewhere — including San Francisco, Seattle and New York — but has not yet resulted in official facilities for illicit drug use.

Philadelphia leaders have warmed to the idea, and the city is closest to opening one. The city’s district attorney has said he would not prosecute those who operate such a facility or those who use drugs there.

There’s much more at the original.

Heroin and other opiate addicts are a tremendous burden on society. They can only rarely hold down jobs, which means that they pay little or nothing in taxes, they show up at emergency rooms with little or no ability to pay, they far-too-frequently give birth to babies already addicted to narcotics, they have children for whom they cannot care, they clog the courts with cases, and prisons with jail time, and their lives are, in general, a burden on their families and society in general.

So, why would foul, fetid, fuming, foggy, filthy Philadelphia¹ want to spend the taxpayers’ money saving the lives of those who will be a continuing burden on the city? If some addicts are going to commit suicide via overdoses, why shouldn’t we let them? After all, the left are the ones promoting “assisted suicide,” frequently calling it “Death with Dignity,” as though there is any dignity in dying, so why are the Democrats who run the City of Brotherly Love so opposed to addicts killing themselves?

I suppose that it does take an [insert slang term for the rectum here] like me to ask that question in public, under my real name, but I will ask it, because it needs to be asked. It’s one thing for society to spend money to keep an accident victim alive; it’s something entirely different to not only try to keep people who do stupid things to themselves alive, and then open a facility to enable them to continue doing stupid and socially costly things to themselves more safely. Would cities spend money to provide more food for morbidly obese people who want to eat more than they can afford? Would states spend taxpayer dollars to provide more whiskey for alcoholics?

Dilapidated row homes on Girard Avenue, near the Philadelphia Zoo and the Schuylkill Expressway. Photo by Dana R Pico, June 24, 2012. Click to enlarge.

This is what Philadelphia has become, not in small part due to rampant drug use. The city, and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the federal government all have to spend gobs of taxpayer dollars to try to fight this urban blight, and support the people who live in houses like these, many of whom are so dirt poor because of things that they have done to themselves. Setting up a center to provide someplace for narcotics addicts to shoot up safely, with promises not to arrest them for their drug use, not only enables the drug abusers, but the drug dealers who supply them; if the drug users will not be arrested, then they are under no pressure to lead police to the dealers.

Everything about the Philadelphia program is a violation of plain, common sense! Everything about the program burdens the working people of Philadelphia even more than they are now. The federal Department of Justice is right to try to stop this insanity; that the city government has promoted it in the first place is madness.
¹ – “Foul, fetid, fuming, foggy, filthy Philadelphia” was John Adams’ alliterative description of the city from the musical 1776.