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The backlash goes in the face of decades of research that has found syringe exchanges reduce the transmission of disease and help get people off drugs.
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Time and time again, needle exchange programs for drug addicts have been shown to reduce the spread of diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. So why is the federal government slashing their funding?

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One of the major challenges of treating overdoses is the helper's fear of law enforcement involvement.

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I went to needle exchange to hang out. You may be asking yourself what a soccer mom from the burbs is doing perched on a folding chair in the parking garage of 101 Grove on a dark November night, surrounded by syringes. I was there as a guest observer because I'm working on a series of articles about mortality and homelessness, as part of The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship I received.

Basically, I was looking for death on the streets.

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In tandem, both ambulance, and fire truck, red lights strobed across the narrow cave-like doorway to the Tom Waddell clinic. The images flashed in the dark, like red-tinted, stop-motion animation. Inside the narrow space the six of us from needle exchange creaked zombie-like to our feet from wher

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