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Columbus Budget Proposal Includes Funding For Needle Exchange Program

280 thousand dollars is being set aside in Mayor Michael Coleman's proposed 2016 Columbus budget for a needle exchange program and other efforts led by the AIDS Resource Center Ohio in the Short North to fight the ongoing heroin overdose epidemic.  The new program called "Safe Point" will offer addicts clean needles and counseling services at least one day a week next year.  City officials hope the program also prevents the spread of diseases through the sharing of dirty needles. City officials will formally release details of the budget proposal later today.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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