A syringe-exchange program started in Indiana in response to an HIV outbreak has led to a significant drop in needle sharing among intravenous drug users, a new government study has found.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention evaluated data from 100 people who visited the needle exchange more than twice, with at least seven days between visits, between April and early June. USA Today reports. The exchange was launched in April.
Between the first and most recent visits, reports of needle sharing decreased by 85 percent, from 34 people to five. The number of people who re-used needles also dropped significantly, the article notes.