After fielding complaints from dozens of concerned residents about drug use, increased transience and used syringes being found, Santa Cruz County health officials have announced a plan they hope will reduce the problems.
Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency officials say the new needle exchange program will protect the public from diseases such as AIDS and Hepatitis C. The program was also designed to encourage program participants to seek treatment. The plan will go into effect on approximately April 30.
Under the new model, the syringe program will be operated out of the HSA public health facilities at 1070 Emeline Avenue in Santa Cruz, and at a new Watsonville location at 9 Crestview Drive.
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