Yale University is planning to take over the city of New Haven's drug needle exchange program, which was among the first in the country and became a national model for reducing HIV transmission. - From ledger-enquirer
In the meantime, drug users in New Haven will continue to have access to clean syringes through the community health care van operated by Yale's School of Medicine since 1993.
City officials expect new state requirements soon for needle exchanges across Connecticut to provide more services for drug users, including health care and counseling.
Officials also believe Yale is better suited to provide those extra services because the university is already doing so in the city with its 40-foot community health care van, he said.
Besides clean needles, the van program also offers overdose antidotes, mental illness screening, counseling and treatment for mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse.
Demand for clean syringes from the city's program has been declining, due in part to Yale's parallel efforts, Grotheer said.