- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Health officials hope a new syringe exchange program in Cabell County will reduce the number of blood-borne diseases.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports (https://bit.ly/1Krlvng ) that the new program is set to begin Wednesday. The one-year pilot program is the first in West Virginia. It allows intravenous drug users to exchange used needles for new clean ones.

The program, which will operate on Wednesday afternoons, is part of a greater effort called harm reduction. Officials say needle users will need to fill out paperwork assessing their situation and their need for clean needles when they arrive.

The program aims to keep users anonymous and will only provide other services if they request them.

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Information from: WVPR-FM, https://www.wvpubcast.org/news.aspx


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