Will Santa Ana soon get a needle exchange location? No, silly, an official needle exchange location, which is right now proposed for the French Court Neighborhood.
The city sent out a community advisory Thursday afternoon revealing that a group of UC Irvine medical students are seeking approval from the state to establish a "free needle exchange program" in French Court for intravenous drug users.
The proposed location is at 1605 N. Spurgeon, which is not within a zone where a free needle exchange program would be permitted under Santa Ana's General Plan, the city explains.
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And so, the city is turning to the community for its thoughts on the proposal. Public comments are being accepted via email through May 14 to:
Maria S. Islas-Sevilla, MPA Communications Specialist Office of AIDS - Prevention Branch Center for Infectious Diseases California Department of Public Health MS 7700, 1616 Capitol Avenue, Suite 616, Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 449-5790 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many Santa Ana residents did not want a county homeless shelter, so we'll see how open they are to a needle giveaway spot.