San Diego City Council Votes to Extend Needle Exchange Program
January 10, 2003
By a 6-2 vote, the San Diego City Council opted Tuesday to extend the state-required declaration of a public health emergency that allows the city to operate a one-year pilot needle exchange program. The program permits intravenous drug users to get one clean needle for every dirty one they turn in, except on their first visit, when they can get two clean needles without turning in any used ones. So far, program operators said, the number of dirty needles collected has exceeded the number of clean ones dispensed. Since July, operating one night a week from a van parked downtown, the program has collected 18,500 dirty needles, said Councilmember Michael Zucchet.Adapted from:
San Diego Union-Tribune
01.08.03; Ray Huard
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