Mixed results for AC needle exchange

January 19, 2009 7:56:15 AM PST
New Jersey's first needle exchange program is showing mixed results, succeeding in distributing clean needles but not doing as well in terms of getting drug addicts into rehab. Atlantic City's program started in November 2007 as a three-year test to see if giving drug users clean needles could slow the spread of HIV and hepatitis.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that the resort city dispensed far more clean needles than similar programs in Camden, Paterson and Newark.

Atlantic City gave out more than 60,00 needles between the start of the program and Jan. 5.

But it's having a hard time getting addicts to check into rehab.

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