Fierce Backlash Continues At Informational Town Hall On Mobile Needle Exchange Program
Residents of the area where the vehicle will operate have been vocally opposed to the program that the California Department of Public Health approved last month. Cries of “Give them treatment, not paraphernalia!” and “You’re just making it easier for them to do it!” disrupted a recent informational meeting on the topic.
Los Angeles Times:
Disputed Needle-Exchange Program Hears Frustration From Crowd At Town Hall Meeting
As representatives of the Orange County Needle Exchange Program wrapped up a town hall meeting Thursday evening, one thing became clear: They wished they had held the gathering earlier. ... The town hall was the first since the California Department of Public Health last month approved the program’s proposal for a mobile needle-exchange service to distribute clean needles and other supplies to try to prevent the spread of diseases among intravenous drug users. (Money, 8/24)