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Holyoke, Mass., Board of Health Votes Again to Permit Needle-Exchange Program

August 16, 2012

The Board of Health (BOH) in Holyoke voted 3-0 Tuesday to permit the operation of a needle-exchange program. Tapestry Health planned to resume its NEP work the next day, said Timothy W. Purington, its director of prevention services.

At the meeting, supporters of the NEP included some city councilors; Mayor Alex B. Morse; Police Chief James M. Neiswanger; the state Department of Public Health's director of infectious disease, Kevin Cranston; and retired CDC HIV/AIDS researcher T. Stephen Jones.

However, some residents and city councilors opposed the BOH vote during its meeting at City Hall, including Council President Kevin A. Jourdain, who vowed he would seek an injunction to stop the NEP.

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