Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Atlantic City needle-exchange program shows mixed results
by The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk
Monday January 19, 2009, 5:44 AM
First-year statistics show Atlantic City's needle-exchange program has been highly successful in distributing clean needles, but subpar in getting drug addicts into rehabilitation, according to a report in the Press of Atlantic City.
The report said Atlantic City gave out 60,001 needles between the start of the program and Jan. 5 and 52.9 percent of Atlantic City's needles have been returned to the city's Tennessee Avenue facility - an indication that used needles are not being passed on. Atlantic City ranked last among the four New Jersey programs in drug referrals, with just 74 as of Dec. 21.