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Should Bexar County Implement A Needle Exchange Program?

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Bexar County is working to be the first in Texas to legalize a needle exchange program. 

Syringe services provide sterile equipment and the safe disposal of needles used by people who inject drugs. 

"Clean needle" programs exist to reduce overall harm and actively combat the spread of HIV/AIDS and viral infections like Hepatitis C

In communities nationwide, exchanges are slowly being accepted as a public health solution to preventing drug overdose and death, despite fears of enabling addiction.

San Antonio operated a short-lived syringe exchange program 10 years ago. How has the opioid epidemic impacted the city since? 

What role do needle exchange programs have in the treatment and recovery of substance abuse?  

On Wednesday, May 23, San Antonio will have its first "syringe summit" from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Living Church at Woodlawn Pointe. Call (210) 207-8780 for more information. 

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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.