Council votes to end Springdale needle exchange program

SPRINGDALE, OH (FOX19) - The fight over a needle exchange program in Springdale continued on Wednesday with a change of heart from the Mayor.

Council voted 5 to 4 on Wednesday evening to get rid of the program.

The Cincinnati Exchange Program provides free needles to drug users for every dirty one. The program is now being forced to shut down by the end of the month.

The program is confidential and funded through grants. It was the first of its kind in southwest Ohio.

Supporters of the program say it helps prevent the spread of diseases and provides outreach.

Those opposed say the exchange program only enables the use of drugs rather than addressing the root of the epidemic.

The program also provides testing for HIV, Hepatitis C and pregnancy.

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