Vending machines that dispense clean needles will available in Las Vegas starting in May, making it the first city in the United States where this type of service is available.
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The goal is to reduce needle sharing among drug users in order to combat the spread of hepatitis B and C and HIV, and also possibly direct some drug users into treatment, the Los Angeles Times reported.
There will be three machines available under the pilot program coordinated by Trac-B Exchange, the Southern Nevada Health District and the Nevada AIDS Research and Education Society.
In order to access the vending machines, users will have to complete a form and obtain an eight-digit identification number, Trac-B Exchange program director Rick Reich said. Each kit will include sterile syringes and needles, as well as a compartment for used needles that can be disposed of safely at the machines, the Times reported.
The clean needle kits cost less than $10 each but will be free for users.
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