Vermont hospital's needle-exchange program offers addiction treatment, too

Burlington, Vt.-based Howard Center has expanded  its needle-exchange program to include doses of buprenorphine, according to Vox.

Typical needle exchange programs give sterile syringes to patients using drugs so they can avoid infections caused by reused needles. They also get other healthcare services.

The Howard Center  prescribes buprenorphine on the spot to help patients manage withdrawal symptoms. Howard Center's needle-exchange program started in 2000 and serves 5,000 patients.

Kimberly Blake, MD, OB-GYN, who runs the needle-exchange program, told Vox, her main motivation to join and expand the center's overdose management was  her son's death attributed to fentanyl.

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