The Opiod Crisis Has Ny Officials Expanding Syringe Exchange Sites

12.12.19 | Bill Price

Those sites allow users to swap-out a dirty syringe for a clean one.

Lori Drescher has worked first-hand in the syringe exchange program.
She says in order to help drug addicts, you have to meet them where they are.

But many people in Rochester say the exchange program only puts syringes in places they don't belong. Miriam Cortes says she picks-up at least five dirty needles every single day in her neighborhood.

Critics say the exchange program will result in more needles on the street.

Supporters say the program protects drug users from diseases.

Right now, there are about two-dozen syringe exchange sites across New York.