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Funds for Pueblo’s needle exchange program

PUEBLO – The needle exchange program in Pueblo has been given some much-needed funds thanks to city council.

A decision this week will give $10,000 to the Southern Colorado Harm Reduction Association.

The clinic in town runs several programs to help drug addicts and aid in drug use prevention and rehabilitation, that includes a clean needle exchange program, virus testing, and education and detox services.

Judy Solano says the money is seen as a short-term solution, “we are grateful again to city council for doing this and we are also hoping that we are given the opportunity to provide that public education. There are so many people who are misinformed and whether we want to admit it or not, addiction affects every community.”

The Harm Reduction Association says they continue to see growth in visitors and hope to bring in grant money in the near future to be able to keep providing services.

Monica Gouty

Monica Gouty

Monica Gouty has worked as a news producer for KOAA-TV for 10 years.
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