Vending machines distribute clean needles to IV drug users

Vending machines aren't just for soda and candy anymore. In one area, they could help curb the spread of disease.

Vending machines aren't just for soda and candy anymore.  In one area, they could help curb the spread of disease.

The Southern Nevada Health District is making sure people have access to clean needles to reduce the risk of spreading diseases.

Three new needle exchange vending machines are being installed to give drug users access to clean needles.

Once users register with the program, they'll be given a card and a unique identifier code to access the vending machines.

The machines, which resemble those that dispense snacks, will distribute cardboard boxes containing clean syringes and disposal containers for used needles.

They will also offer kits for wound cleaning and safe sex.

Users will have to register first to receive a swipe card and unique identification number that they can use to receive up to two kits per week.

The machines will be available by the end of May at two health clinics in the Las Vegas area.
 

 

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