Changes made to needle exchange program in Charleston, WV

Leaders at the Kanawha Charleston Health Department are implementing changes to their needle exchange program. 

The move comes after criticism from Charleston city leaders. 

Starting Thursday patients will only be allowed to pick up needles for their own use. They will no longer be able to pick up needles for other people. Also clients will have to show identification in order to receive the needles. 

"It was called to our attention that there were some people who had issues with the harm reduction program," said Kanawha Charleston Health Department spokesperson John Law. "The president of our board ordered us to do a review internally. We are working on that report. There may be other changes in the future but we feel like we are doing this to be really responsive to what the community is saying."

An ordinance is currently being considered by Charleston City Council that would classify needles as drug paraphernalia. The ordinance would essentially shut down the needle exchange program. Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper said the proposed changes are "too little too late". 

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