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SHIPMAN: "DRUG ABUSERS ARE MANIPULATING SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM"

(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman indicated Tuesday that drug abusers are manipulating the needle exchange program to allow for re-use of needles.  Shipman pointed to a recent case in which Wendy Ford was allegedly parked directly behind the Centerstone building in Richmond where the needle exchange takes place.  Officers located a syringe that had come from the exchange, but also located multiple used plungers – the part of a syringe that pushes the drugs out.  Ford told officers that exchanging plungers allows the needle exchange syringes to be used multiple times and bypass the exchange’s safety system.  Shipman has been a vocal opponent of needle exchange.



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