Paterson’s controversial needle program closing its doors

The needle exchange program that has been blamed for the proliferation of dirty syringes in public parks and sidewalks is shutting down. Jerome King, the director of the Well of Hope, announced the closure on Saturday morning.

King’s program, which distributed a whopping five million needles since 2008 to mostly suburban drug addicts hanging about Paterson, is shutting down effective Monday.

“With all things considered, it’s the right thing to do,” said community activist Victoria Oquendo, who, along with other community leaders, led a vigorous fight against the needle exchange. “That program has …read more

Source: Paterson Times

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