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Gothenburg Says No To Needle Exchanges

Gothenburg city leaders have decided not to enact a needle-exchange program, making it the only big city in Sweden without plans to start such an initiative.

The southern city of Malmö has had a needle-exchange program for a number of years now, and Stockholm is planning to enact its own in the near future. But Gothenburg, which has upwards of 1,200 heroin addicts, won’t offer such a program, which provides clean needles to people injecting themselves with drugs to prevent the spread of HIV and other infections.

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