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April 8, 2021

Federal Way halts needle exchange

FEDERAL WAY (AP) — Officials in Federal Way have passed a resolution to temporarily suspend needle exchange programs aimed at reducing the spread of HIV and other blood-borne infections in people who inject drugs.

Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell and the City Council voted on Tuesday after residents raised concerns about increased crime and needle access because of the King County Needle Exchange Program, KOMO-TV reported Tuesday. Critics of the vote argued that not having the program will make the situation worse.

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