Pittsburgh City Council hears opposition to needle exchange program

Pittsburgh City Council hears opposition to needle exchange program

Allegheny County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic over the past few years, with the continued rates of drug overdoses causing concern for residents and elected officials alike.

Some people believe a way to stave off the long term consequences of intravenous drug use in particular could be through needle exchange programs like Prevention Point, a 20-year-old program that operates in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council hears testimony on public private partnership

Pittsburgh City Council hears testimony on public private partnership

At protests, hearings and in public comment since spring, many Pittsburgh residents have made it clear that they don’t want the Steel City to accept Peoples Gas’ offer for a public private partnership with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.  

 

But after hearing out constituentscouncil felt it was time to hear from the experts and allow members to have a deeper discussion about what a public-private partnership could mean for the city. 

Friday, September 28, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council delays bill on needle exchange program following community objections

Pittsburgh City Council delays bill on needle exchange program following community objections

Rev. Matthew Price has become increasingly distressed witnessing the fallout of the opioid epidemic in Allegheny County, which is why he implored Pittsburgh City Council to move forward with a bill that would allow Prevention Point Pittsburgh to expand its services to Carrick on Tuesday.
Thursday, September 27, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wheatley rallies support for marijuana legalization

Wheatley rallies support for marijuana legalization

At a rally for marijuana reform in Pittsburgh Friday, Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) announced that he will introduce legislation that would effectively legalize recreational use of cannabis in Pennsylvania within the week. 

“If we trust our citizens to choose who will represent them in Harrisburg then we should trust them to decide whether or not to engage in recreational uses of cannabis,” Wheatley said.

While medical marijuana is legal, and Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have already decriminalized it, Wheatley feels that’s not enough to undo the damage of the tough drug policies of the ‘80s. 

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
County Council hears from community about countywide police review board

County Council hears from community about countywide police review board

After narrowly passing an ordinance to pursue a countywide citizens’ police review board by an 8-6 vote in July, Allegheny County Council has continued to examine the topic at a string of public meetings. 

Even at the third of the four allotted public meetings Thursday night, the prospect of the board still evoked strong emotions from both law enforcement and citizens.

The push for a review board came after weeks of calls for reform throughout the Pittsburgh area following the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. in June. 

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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