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NY Post video of drug use in Philadelphia

  |   By Polling+ Staff

Disgusting if not frightening.

Over there in The New York Post is a seriously disturbing story about drug use in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. https://nypost.com/2023/09/12/video-shows-ground-zero-of-philadelphias-tranq-epidemic/ The headline:

Shocking video shows zombie-like addicts at ‘ground zero’ of Philadelphia’s ‘tranq’ epidemic 

Accompanying the story is unbelievable video. It is decidedly worth watching. The Post writes it this way:

“Distressing new video shows addicts stumbling in a trance-like state along sidewalks strewn with burning trash heaps at the epicenter of Philadelphia’s “tranq” drug epidemic.

The Kensington neighborhood in northeast Philadelphia, which has become notorious for its open-air drug market, is seen crowded with hordes of drug-addled people — many of them sprawled barefoot on the filthy ground, or slumped over in the video posted on TikTok by thebizzleeffect.

Some of the addicts appear to have no control over their bodies as they are seen hunched over and struggling to remain on their feet.

Others are seen passed out on random stoops, or in one of the many makeshift homeless encampments dotting the crime-ridden neighborhood.

Piles of garbage — some engulfed in flames — are seen littering the streets of Kensington, where men and women living with crippling drug addiction fight to survive.”

This is unreal. Here is the city named “The City of Brotherly Love”, the city where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written, the city that was the first capital of the new United States – and it has turned itself into a sewer. The Post speaks of “Kensington’s zombie-like inhabitants” who “do not have tents and sleep directly on the ground amid clumps of refuse, with their meager possessions stuffed into plastic bags, shopping carts, backpacks or laundry baskets.”

And by coincidence the city is in the middle of a hot race for mayor, with the incumbent, Democrat Mayor Jim Kenney, having bowed out.

As reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer. https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/philadelphia-mayoral-candidates-2023-general-election-20230912.html Democrat Cherelle Parker, a former Pennsylvania state representative and former member of the Philadelphia City Council, is being challenged by Republican David Oh, a former City Council member himself.

As the Philadelphia NBC affiliate has noted: https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/philly-mayoral-election-2023/david-oh-wins-republican-primary-in-2023-philadelphia-mayoral-race/3567721/

“Democrats outnumber Republican voters in Philadelphia by a 7-to-1 margin, and an Oh victory in November is considered highly unlikely. A Republican hasn’t been elected as mayor in Philly since 1941.”

If this is accurate and Cherelle Parker – who would be the city’s first female mayor – wins, the new mayor will have her hands fulled.

Starting with the unbelievable mess in Kensington.