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,