Needle exchange program planned in Lorain County

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WELLINGTON — Lorain County’s first needle exchange program will open in Wellington, according to a surprise announcement Thursday at the Village Safety Services town hall meeting.

The clinic provides a new approach to the opioid crisis by providing clean needles and other services to drug users.

Mayor Hans Schneider said clients can come in, receive counseling and HIV testing and get clean needles. Schneider said this has been an important decision that Wellington and the Local Initiative Network Compassion — an organization fighting the opioid epidemic — have put a lot of thought into.

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