Canada: Needle Exchange Won't Be "One-for-One"
June 13, 2008
At a news conference on Thursday, Ottawa officials announced revisions to the city's needle exchange program that aim to reduce both the spread of HIV and the problem of discarded needles.
Instead, Levy recommended a number of changes to the current program, such as longer service hours, a hotline for residents to report used needles, better technology and more staff. The enhancements would cost around $100,000 (US $97,300) annually, he said.
"We're really hoping to get ahead of this program and improve the thing," said Levy. "There will be a real advantage to mapping where the needles are and following the changing patterns [to] modify and adapt cleanup routes," he said. "We'll get better at the problem instead of always responding."
Police Chief Vern White praised Levy's approach. "I'm enthused that he's looking at alternatives to find solutions," White said. "If what he tries doesn't work, we'll try something different."
06.13.2008; Katie Daubs
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.