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Atlantic City Council Expected to Close NJ's First Needle Exchange Program

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Emma Lee
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WHYY
The first block of South Tennessee Avenue in Atlantic City where the Oasis needle exchange is located also hosts a hotel, a church, and a handful of businesses.

Recently, the Atlantic City Council was expected to pass a bill that would effectively close the state’s first needle exchange. Supporters of the program tried to prevent that from happening because it’s helped reduce HIV infections in the area by 50% since it opened more than 10 years ago.

From the New Jersey Desk, WHYY’s Kenneth Burns reports.

(Original air-date: 7/20/21)