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Country’s First Syringe Vending Machines Are Coming To Vegas

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Public health officials in Nevada are rolling out a new harm reduction initiative next month: vending machines that will dispense clean syringes to people who inject drugs.

The vending machines will be available by the end of May at three locations in Las Vegas: Trac-B Exchange, Aid for AIDS Nevada, and Community Counseling Center. The idea is to reduce the spread of blood-borne infections like HIV and hepatitis, which can be a problem amongst intravenous drug users who don’t have access to clean needles.

“Having access to clean syringes is a harm reduction approach that’s going to allow people to protect themselves against getting communicable diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C,” said Chelsi Cheatom, program manager for Trac-B Exchange.

According to public health officials,

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