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i live in vancouver there are lots of services that give away
free clean needles to junkies its nice for the users but bad
for everyone else as these people will often and then they
end up throwing them in bushes, on the ground. or even
deliberately sticking them in telephone poles and breaking
them off so passeres by people get pricked.
It would be cool ifneddle dispensaries only gave away needles
if you returned your old ones as a way of ensuring they
wouldnt be hidden randomly in public places.
Wikipedia: Needle exchange programme
[jutta, Jul 16 2019]
||That's called a needle exchange program.
||I don't know whether there's data on the difference
between exchange and non-exchange programs in terms of
needles popping up in the environment -- this might have
more to do with other factors i.e. do you get arrested if a
syringe is found on your person and you can't prove you have
some other medical need for it?
||I thought the needle exchange program was better spelled