SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone says the city is going ahead with plans to open a supervised injection site for drug users in the city sometime next year.

This despite a promise by the state's top federal prosecutor to block any safe injection site from operating in Massachusetts.

Curtatone told WBUR-FM that opening a clinic where health care professionals could monitor drug use and potentially steer addicts into treatment would save lives. The mayor noted he attended a funeral on Monday for a person who died as a result of the opioid epidemic.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said that barring a change of position by the Justice Department, should Somerville were to go ahead with its plans, "federal enforcement will follow."

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker also opposes supervised injection sites.


Information from: WBUR-FM,

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