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Palm Beach County approved a project offering a free one-to-one exchange of clean, unused hypodermic syringes for used syringes and needles to help prevent the transmission of HIV, viral hepatitis, and other blood-borne diseases.

The county is the first in the state to authorize the operation. Recent state legislation signed allows local governments to establish programs to prevent infectious disease among intravenous drug users.

“Our needle exchange program is long overdue,” commissioner Melissa McKinlay said. “It is the result of lawmakers finally understanding these programs address a public health issue, not a moral failing. Ultimately, our goal is to end addiction.”

For more information about the Syringe Exchange Program, please contact Rebel Recovery Florida, Inc. at 561-508-8388.

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