Regional Digest

Regional Digest

August 21, 2004|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Needle exchange program has enrolled 14,000 clients

A Baltimore needle exchange program designed to reduce the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users has enrolled more than 14,000 clients and exchanged more than 6.6 million dirty needles for clean ones since its inception in 1994, city health officials said yesterday.

The program, designed to link people addicted to drugs with treatment, also has placed more than 2,300 people into treatment, Health Commissioner Dr. Peter L. Beilenson said.

The program began with one van that visited two sites. It now offers drug-treatment counseling and testing for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis C in two 26-foot vans that visit 12 sites.

In Anne Arundel

Voting machines lawsuit set for trial next week

ANNAPOLIS - The state's highest court dismissed one legal challenge to Maryland's electronic voting machines this week, allowing a lawsuit brought by a group that contends the machines are seriously flawed to go to trial next week.

The Court of Appeals refused Thursday to hear a pretrial appeal filed by the Takoma Park-based Campaign for Verifiable Voting. That sets the stage for the trial scheduled to begin Wednesday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, said Ryan P. Phair, a lawyer for the Takoma Park-based Campaign for Verifiable Voting.

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