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Sheriff keeps eye on park needle exchange program

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.

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