Duluth needle-swap won’t open downtown

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A needle-exchange program for drug users won’t open at a downtown Duluth location as originally planned.

The city’s nonprofit Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment had hoped to open the program in its downtown building.

But Gary Olson, the center’s CEO, tells the Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/1dJpVEH ) he’s looking for a different location because of concerns raised by the building’s owner.

Olson hopes to find another location by the end of the month.

The program, operated by the Rural Aids Action Network, was set to begin this week. The program planned to offer free syringe and needle exchanges as a way to get dirty syringes and needles off the street.

But Duluth leaders questioned opening the program in an area of town that the city has worked to clean up.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com

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