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Ga. latest state to legalize needle exchange
Initiative expected to help contain the spread of HIV, other diseases
In this March 20 photo, Harry Ethridge, client services manager at the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, and Jonathan Spuhler, an outreach coordinator for Absolute Care and volunteer at AHRC, set up a needle exchange station for drug users to swap out used syringes for clean syringes on English Avenue in Atlanta. - photo by Associated Press
ATLANTA — James Lane has a backpack full of syringes slung across his shoulder as he goes to exchange used needles for sterile ones at a small booth set up by an Atlanta needle exchange clinic. The clinic, which operates in an area known as a hot spot for drug use in Atlanta, collects and distributes syringes. It's among just a few of its kind operating publicly in Georgia and a godsend to Lane, who says he turned to heroin and cocaine to self-medicate for post-traumatic stress.
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