A LOCAL ORGANIZATION IS DOING ITS PART TO FIGHT THE EFFECTS OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. TRILLIUM HEALTH IS ADDING MORE SAFE NEEDLE DISPOSAL KIOSKS TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF DISEASE. ((DBOX)) JOSH NAVARRO IS AT TRILLIUM’S CLINIC ON MONROE AVENUE WITH MORE JOSH? TRILLIUM HEALTH SAYS THEIR ADDING MORE NEEDLE DROP OFF KIOSKS BECAUSE SINCE IT WAS INTRODUCED, THEY SAY THEY’VE SEEN A BIG DIFFERENCE IN ROCHESTER SINCE THEY LAUNCHED LAST YEAR — THEY’VE SEEN HUNDREDS OF USED SYRINGES DISPOSED PROPERLY AT THESE KIOSKS. RIGHT THERE THERE ARE THREE LOCATIONS WHERE THEY CAN BE SAFELY DISPOSED. ONE IS AT A HOT FOR DRUG USE IN THE NORTH CLINTON AVENUE AREA. TRILLIUM SAYS THE FIRST FEW MONTHS SINCE IT WAS INSTALLED THERE — THEY’VE COLLECTED AROUND 700 TO 800 USED NEEDLES. TRILLIUM SAYS ITS MORE ABOUT INCREASING PUBLIC HEALTH AND PROVIDING AS MANY SOLUTIONS AS POSSIBLE. ((SOT)) ” “people are working with an a substance tht they are are phsycially and pshoyolocially dependent on. They’re going to use substances and it’s not just to get high, its because they don’t want to be sick. They’re at that point in the struggle or the addiction that they’re kind of embedded in. I believe the kiosk system is one part of the solution to this problem.” ” AND TRILLIUM SAYS WITH THE RECENT DECREASE IN HIV CASES ACROSS THE STATE. THEY SAY THEY’RE CONFIDENT THAT THIS OUTREACH WILL NOT ONLY KEEP THOSE NUMBERS LOW BUT ALSO THE REDUCE THE NUMBER OF DRUG OVERDOSES IN THE COMMUNITY. LIVE ROCHESTER JOSH NAVARRO NEWS EIGHT. ((3 SH CROSS))

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