PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. The Pueblo County Board of Health approved a new needle exchange program Wednesday.
Over the past few years, Pueblo County has seen an increase in needle users. Research shows that these programs can reduce the number of diseases among users. It will help prevent communicable diseases like hepatitis B and C, and HIV.
The program will include several drop off locations within in the county, and a mobile location that will travel to where users are. At these locations, users can exchange their needles with clean ones. The drop off spots will be selected over the next month.
The program will be funded through the Southern Colorado Aids Project, which is receiving grant money from tobacco tax. The program is expected to start in July.