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Supervisors Approve Needle-Exchange Plan

From Times Wire Reports

A divided county Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 on Tuesday to spend $500,000 to fund five needle-exchange programs in an effort to reduce the spread of HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases among illegal drug users.

The vote comes five years after supervisors approved a plan to certify needle-exchange programs and give providers immunity from prosecution. But that effort languished in the Department of Health Services.


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