- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts judge has rejected an attempt to shut down a clean needle distribution program run by an AIDS support group on Cape Cod.

Judge Raymond Veary Jr. issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday against the town of Barnstable, which had tried to end a program run by the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod in Hyannis. In September, the town issued a cease-and-desist order against the program, saying it failed to receive local approval and created a public health risk from dirty needles left around town by drug users.

The injunction ensures that the group can continue to run the program.

A 2006 Massachusetts law removed restrictions on the possession and distribution of needles and syringes. “An Act Relative to HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention” was passed to enable drug users to get sterile needles.

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