Needle exchange is new weapon to fight the opioid crisis

In Miami-Dade, 1,128 people are registered in the needle exchange, which opened in December 2016. Participants are tested for HIV and hepatitis C when they enroll and are given medicine, which the program stores for them if they are homeless. Forrest said they can also get containers for carrying their needles and clean equipment for their drug use, such as cookers, filters, sterile water and tourniquets.