Surprise vote leads to passage of needle exchange program in Allen County

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The Allen County Board of Commissioners decided to vote on a proposed needle-exchange program in a surprise move Monday.

The board passed the exchange by a 2 to 1 vote, shortly after a published hearing on the subject. Therese Brown and Linda Bloom voted yes while Nelson Peters voted no, according to the Journal-Gazette.

The program would allow people to exchange dirty syringes for clean ones. The idea is to slow the spread of hepatitis C and HIV.

The program now goes to the Indiana Board of Health for approval. It’s expected to be approved and the program should begin by July.


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