Round Two: Twenty Years Later

posted by John Baibak -

A public hearing is being scheduled  for consideration of a needle exchange program in Springfield. 

The city's Public Health Council has slated the meeting for  Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock at the Central Library on State Street.  

City Council and voters both said no to the idea in 1998. Mayor Domenic  Sarno released a statement on Sunday night indicating he is willing to  keep an open mind to syringe access wraparound services, but that he  will not consider the use of a safe injection site.

The last time the city had debated that issue was back in 1998.  

Both the city council and voters at the polls turned down the measure.

(LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

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