Arguments continue over proposed closure of AC’s syringe exchange program

City council to vote on ordinance in two weeks

Atlantic City’s syringe exchange program, one of just a handful in the state and the only one in the area, is under threat of closure after the city council proposed an ordinance to eliminate the service. Those fighting to keep the program in place say its closure would push back progress made over the past several years.

Carol Harney, CEO of South Jersey AIDS Alliance, the organization that runs the sterile syringe program, said their mission is harm reduction.

Atlantic City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz said, “In the 535 municipalities in New Jersey, the harm reduction centers are in seven urban centers … The easy answer and has been for a while, send them to Atlantic City, send them to Newark, send them to Paterson, send them to Camden, send them to Trenton, and that’s easy to do but that’s not the correct thing to do, it’s not the humane thing to do.” The ordinance will be voted on in two weeks.

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