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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
MAINE: Maine Needle-Exchange Programs Lack Funding

January 20, 2012
Associated Press (01.20.12) - Friday, January 20, 2012

Maine's four certified needle-exchange programs - based in Portland, Bangor, Ellsworth, and Augusta - are in financial trouble. The NEPs receive neither state nor federal dollars, and the private grant money that supports them is running out. The NEPs collected and disposed of 260,050 syringes in the year ending Oct. 31, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.