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Police Weigh In on Virginia Needle Exchanges

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, needle exchanges are a proven way to help slow the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. They also help connect people with substance abuse disorder to recovery and treatment.

Despite approval by Virginia lawmakers, there are only three exchanges operating in that state. One roadblock is getting permission from local law enforcement.

Mallory Noe-Payne from Radio IQ and Virginia Public Radio spoke to police in southwest Virginia who have been grappling with the issue.

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