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Argument: Referrals to treatment are low at needle exchanges

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"Report: Needle Exchange Program Finds Mixed Success in Atlantic City". Join Together. January 22, 2009: "Atlantic City, N.J.'s needle-exchange program -- the state's first -- has succeeded in its primary mission of collecting dirty needles from drug addicts in exchange for clean ones but has had less success getting addicted individuals into drug treatment, a new report concludes. [...] the Atlantic City program ranked last among the state's four needle exchanges in terms of referrals to drug treatment, with only 74 referrals made. Program coordinator Therese Wilkerson said that staff must walk a fine line between wanted to get clients into treatment and scaring them off by pushing too hard."

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