public health initiative in Hamilton County to reduce the spread of
diseases through needle sharing reports a quarter of its client base
travels down from Butler County.
Libby Harrison, program manager
at Cincinnati Exchange Project, said the advocacy agency opened its door
in January in an effort to combat the spread of HIV and hepatitis C.
The agency offers drug addicts a safe place for a one-to-one exchange of
used syringes for clean syringes.
“People who come to us are
already drug addicts,” Harrison said. “Our goal is disease prevention
and to be happy to see them to build a sense of trust for when they’re
ready for treatment.”