Needle exchange program stalls in state Senate Committee

The needle exchange program stalled in a state Senate Committee Thursday. The program was designed to increase access to sterile syringes in hopes of preventing the spread of HIV, hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases.Four Republicans were joined by a Democrat to create a 5-3 vote against the bill. Without enough votes Chairman Joe Vitale, a supporter of the bill, decided to cancel the vote. There's no word on when the measure might come before the committee again.

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