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High Demand Shown For Pittsfield's Needle Exchange Program

The needle exchange program has collected more than 15,000 dirty needles in the first five months of this year. According to Berkshire Health Systems Director of Infection Prevention and Control Michael Perreault, that shows the need for the disease prevention program is there.

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Enrollment Growing In Pittsfield Needle Exchange Program

Already 31 people have enrolled in the local needle exchange program. The state Department of Health allocated grant funds earlier this year to bring a syringe exchange program to the area through Berkshire Health Systems at 510 North Street. The intent is to reduce harm to those using intervenous drugs. The program opened on Sept. 4 and enrollment has been growing ever since.

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