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Sen. Bean Reconsiders Syringe Exchange

The state Senate Health Policy committee chair says he is willing to give a syringe exchange proposal another chance, the Florida Current reports. State Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, said the needle exchange is supported by the Florida Medical Association and would be privately funded.

In February, the Centers for Disease Control said the Miami metro area had more people who were diagnosed with HIV, a disease that can be spread by sharing needles, than any other place in the country.

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