Title

"City" piece on Portland's needle exchange program for intravenous (IV) drug use

Authors

Connie Pacillo

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

3-2-2000

Pages

6-7

Abstract

"City" piece on Portland's needle exchange program for intravenous (IV) drug users, which began in November 1998. The program, run by the city's Public Health Division, has closed its office in the State Theatre building and will now concentrate on an expanded street outreach program. Barbara Ginley, the program's coordinator, said the downtown office location didn't provide users with enough "anonymity." Ginley's office estimates the number of IV drug users in Portland at between 200 and 500, but only 34 of them are currently registered as clients of the needle exchange. The law prohibits the use of federal funds for such programs and the exchange has relied on the Maine Community AIDS Partnership for support.

Subjects

Hypodermic needles, Substance abuse

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