Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Some Oppose Planned Carrick Needle Exchange

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Some Oppose Planned Carrick Needle Exchange

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Plans for a needle exchange program in Carrick are facing some neighborhood dissent.

A petition delivered Tuesday to Pittsburgh City Council appears to list more than 600 opponents.

Last month, the Allegheny County Health Department board gave unanimous approval to the plans to provide a needle exchange, naloxone distribution and addiction case managers on Thursday afternoons outside Spencer United Methodist Church at 117 Spencer Ave.

Council still needs to pass a "Will of Council" - effectively an endorsement - to enable the services from Prevention Point Pittsburgh, said Aaron Arnold, executive director at the nonprofit, which helps injection-drug users. Advocates have said the effort counts broad community support and would help the neighborhood, where overdoses have proliferated. …

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