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Link: Philadelphia City Paper

In the state of Pennsylvania, it is illegal to buy, sell or distribute syringes without a prescription. But people who inject drugs — likely tens of thousands in the metropolitan region, according to one estimate — need to find their needles somewhere. One place to get them is on the Avenue — that is, on the street. But street needles might not be clean.

There is another way: Drug users can go to a van staffed by the nonprofit Prevention Point Philadelphia and exchange a dirty needle for a guaranteed-clean one.