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Andy Alfaro / Modesto Bee

The Modesto Needle Exchange at Mono Park in Modesto December 11, 2013. The grassroots program has offered clean syringes to intravenous drug users in the airport neighborhood for almost a year but has recently been the subject of negative attention from law enforcement and neighbors.

Sheriff keeps eye on park needle exchange program

Published: Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Responding to neighborhood complaints, law enforcement over the past month has kept an eye on a needle exchange program that otherwise has operated undisturbed for almost a year.

About 100 people regularly attend the Modesto Needle Exchange every Tuesday in Mono Park, where they are seen by a doctor and can get up to 30 sterile syringes and other supplies, such as condoms, tourniquets, clean water to mix their drugs and alcohol swabs. But Tuesday, only a third of the regular clients came; most were deterred by a law enforcement presence, said the exchange’s director, Brian Robinson.

Read the full Modesto Bee story here.



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