General Assembly expands Baltimore's needle-exchange program

BALTIMORE CITY: - Legislators in the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill Monday night allowing Baltimore to distribute syringes to drug addicts in Baltimore.

The hope of the initiative is to reduce the spread of HIV through the use of clean needles. 

City Health officials credit the current one-for-one syringe model  for decreasing  the HIV rate among injection drug users in Baltimore from 53 percent in 1992 to 12 percent in 2011.


Under the one-for-one model, surveys showed clients were often reusing or sharing syringes, both of which can have significant  health consequences. 


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