Needle Exchange Another Step Closer In Springfield

A state-supported syringe access  program is being requested for Springfield.  

Mayor Domenic Sarno  announced on Wednesday that the action was taken in a letter sent to the  Massachusetts Department of Public Health from the city's health and  human Services commissioner.  

The formal request comes several months  after the service was approved by the Springfield Public Health  Council. 

 Sarno has dropped his opposition to the needle exchange but  also says more addiction services are needed, including hospital  treatment beds. 

There has been no announced timetable for implementation.

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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