More than a year ago Virginia lawmakers gave nonprofits and local health departments in more than 50 localities the green light to set up needle exchanges. Permission was targeted to places where the opioid crisis is worst and Hepatitis C rates are high.
Since then, only three localities have decided to set up needle exchanges. In a two-part series Virginia Public Radio explores how the first one is going, and why there haven’t been more.
Part 1: ‘We Know the Possibility is Coming’ Why One Community Got on Board
Part 2: ‘A Free Pass’ vs. Keeping People Safe