N.J. Activists Take Action on Hollow Needle Exchange Promise

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Two-and-a-half years after Gov. James E. McGreevey took office and pledged to legalize needle exchanges to curb the spread of HIV and AIDS, frustrated New Jersey activists and lawmakers are still waiting for a program to materialize. Last month, governing bodies in Atlantic City and Camden, two cities hard-hit by the virus, grew tired of waiting and passed ordinances creating local exchange programs. The Atlantic County prosecutor, with the support of the state attorney general, immediately challenged the move. In Camden, the state-appointed chief operating officer has threatened to veto it. These are battles . . .

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