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Prevention/Epidemiology

Prevention Point Pittsburgh Allowed to Continue Needle Exchange Program

May 19, 2006

Following unanimous approval by the Allegheny County Council, Prevention Point Pittsburgh can continue to operate its needle exchange program from the offices of the county health department through May 31, 2007. Under the program, intravenous drug users come to the department's offices in the Oakland neighborhood on Sundays, enter by a back door, present an anonymous identification number, and exchange their used needles for clean ones. The nonprofit also offers testing for blood-borne illnesses and helps drug users access treatment. Responding to rates of HIV and hepatitis C that they felt constituted a public health emergency, the county Board of Health unanimously approved the program's operation in 2001.

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Adapted from:
Associated Press
05.18.2006


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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