By a 7-2 margin, members of the city council in Atlantic City voted Wednesday to close a syringe-exchange program at the Oasis Drop-in Center. New Jersey’s first such program, it served people who use intravenous drugs by giving them clean needles to help prevent the spread of disease and intervene with help for addiction.

It is one of seven such sites in the state and has served a large population in South Jersey. Once considered controversial, the practice of syringe exchange is now embraced by drug and addiction experts.

 

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