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From 13,000 in Tacoma to 100 million nationwide, needle exchange proves worth over 30 years

Today, while the national AIDS crisis has subsided, current Point Defiance AIDS Projects Executive Director Paul LaKosky says needle exchange in Tacoma and Pierce County remains as important as ever. There’s one big reason for that: the ongoing opioid epidemic, which has afflicted a new generation of IV drug users, with deadly consequences.