Huntington mayor ‘not afraid of failure’ when preparing to launch needle exchange program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Huntington Mayor Steve Williams says the city is looking forward to launching a syringe exchange program by Oct. 1.

“I think we did an effective job of letting folks know that this isn’t just needle exchange. This is the first step of being able to save lives and help people find a way toward recovery,” said Williams.

The first-of-its-kind pilot project in West Virginia will involve education and treatment resources along with efforts to stop the spread of infectious diseases through needle exchanges by giving addicts points of contact within the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.

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