Needle Exchange For Opioid Addicts Could Come To PBC

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The Palm Beach County Commission has set its 2018 legislative agenda and it includes a proposal to add a needle exchange program for residents addicted to opioids.  

Commissioners will ask the state to expand a pilot needle exchange program that's going on in Miami-Dade County.  Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay says Palm Beach County has more overdose deaths than the Miami-Dade and she wants to reduce the risk of addicts spreading diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C by sharing needles.  

Health officials say they haven't seen an increase in those disease related to the opioid crisis.

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