That was the headline of the write up this week in the Northeast Times about the task force meeting on the drug services businesses in Frankford. And what is the answer to that question? Dump them in there till the people scream in pain. So in Bustleton, they win and in Frankford we lose. At least up until now. Maybe they have pushed us too far.
Now maybe there is a chance that we can get this thing under control. Why? Well a lot of people are really justifiably pissed off.
…the councilwoman was adamant that she does not want any more approvals of rehab facilities or recovery houses in the 19124 ZIP code. She said her office is looking into the licenses and permits of facilities located in Frankford. The city Department of Licenses and Inspections prepared to start visiting the locations on the councilwoman’s list to make sure that city codes and regulations are being adhered to.
L&I’s Dan Quinn told the task force that any houses found to be in violation will be shut down. If they continue to operate after a shutdown order, the buildings will be sealed, Quinn added.
The next Frankford Civic meeting is on May 7th. There is strength in numbers.
The Northeast Times in their editorial this week notes that the NorthEast Treatment Centers plans to open a methadone treatment facility at Roosevelt Boulevard and Grant Avenue. We sympathize with their concerns. Treating people with drug addiction can be a challenge.
Addicts have no constitutional right to get their fix in the middle of a stable and decent neighborhood in a stable and decent section of Philadelphia. The rights of immediate neighbors as well as those in the entire Northeast to live without an influx of drug addicts far outweighs the right of those addicts to get treatment in a neighborhood that does not want them.
I have to commend those folks in Bustleton for somehow having managed to exist without having any drug addicts living among them. It is truly an amazing story that I have referred to Matt Drudge for investigation. You have a good population up there and not even one druggy.
Or could it be there there are folks up there who are drug addicts and maybe you would rather have them treated elsewhere. You know, send them to some down and out section of the city, send them to Frankford?
Certain sections of Philadelphia may be down and out, but dragging the Northeast down with them would be patently unfair. It won’t happen if Bustleton residents have their say – and if the politicians back them up.
It might be more unfair if other sections of the city have to bear the burden of your drug addicts. So let’s get to the bottom of this, once and for all. If the clients who will use the facility come from your neighborhood, they are yours. Keep them. We have enough of them now. And if we find we have some of them down here with us, in the “down and outs”, we’re sending them back.