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Long-Suffering Needle Exchange Pilot Finds Traction In The House

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A needle exchange program some lawmakers have been trying to get off the ground for years is moving in the House. 

South Florida Democrats have been lobbying for a Miami Dade needle exchange program for years.  The proposal has done well in the Senate but the House has been reticent.  But now holdouts like Rep. Matt Hudson (R-Naples) are throwing their support behind the bill.

“While I wasn’t prepared to vote for the bill today, to be honest with you,” Hudson says, “I’m able to vote for it now because the amendment makes it better and adds in a responsibility piece that frankly matters.”

Under the changes the program will also help connect drug users with counseling and addiction services.  Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami will administer the program.  

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.