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Needle exchange RV stays in Springdale for now

SPRINGDALE, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- A mobile needle exchanger RV designed to reduce the spread of hepatitis and HIV draws a mixture of fire and support.

Wednesday night, Springdale city council takes a stand on whether the RV can stay put or has to move.  Many people came out to voice their opinions.

Many people supported the program but have a problem with the location of the RV.  They don't want to see it in their backyards.

The Cincinnati Exchange Project started running the needle exchange program two weeks ago.  They park the RV twice a week and provide a place where people can exchange needles and get information about drug treatment programs.

Some argued the needle exchange program was vital for saving lives and keeping disease from spreading.  They support the program, just not close to homes and businesses.  Others say it enables addicts and are against the program all together.

Doyle Webster, Springdale's Mayor, ruled the city was too small and too densely populated to support the program.  But until the full council vote, the program will stay.

The exchange project says about ten people have visited the RV so far.  They say most have been looking for information on drug treatment programs.

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