Officials from Safehouse made the announcement at a Wednesday morning press conference, hours after a judge ruled late Tuesday that the site would not violate federal drug laws.
Currently, the only safe injection sites in North America are located in Canada, although there are more than 100 operating around the world in 10 countries, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. The facilities allow people to safely use drugs in the presence of medical professionals to better prevent fatal overdoses, and offer access to treatment and rehabilitative services.
Safehouse will open some time next week, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. A second site will reportedly open soon after the first. Some residents of the neighborhood where the facility is set to open showed up to the press conference and shouted at Safehouse officials, expressing outrage that the site would welcome drug users to their neighborhood.