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After disaster declaration, Philly outlines goals for opioid-plagued Kensington

October 18, 2018 GMT

By Staff

Two weeks after declaring a disaster in Kensington, the neighborhood hit hardest by Philadelphia’s opioid crisis, city officials have laid out a range of “immediate” goals for the beleaguered area that include clearing a major drug encampment, launching a mobile drug-treatment team, and conducting a large-scale neighborhood cleanup — all within the next month.

Kensington’s homeless population doubled this year, largely driven by opioid addiction, and the neighborhood has long been plagued by drug crises, industrial collapse, and institutional neglect. The city’s new plan for the neighborhood includes immediate goals to be completed by Nov. 16; short-term goals to be accomplished by Dec. 31; and longer-term goals that should be completed by June of next year.

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