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Miami-Dade needle exchange bill finds early support

Last year, South Florida lawmakers couldn’t muster enough support to create a needle exchange pilot program in Miami-Dade County.

This year, the proposal has new life.

On Monday, the needle exchange bill won the unanimous support of a second Senate committee. It is scheduled to have its first hearing before a House panel on Tuesday.

“We’re more prepared than we were last year,” said Hansel Tookes, a University of Miami medical student who helped craft the proposal. “All of the evidence is in our favor. These programs have been shown to decrease instances of HIV and hepatitis.”

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