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.
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.
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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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