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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.