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In May 2013, the Minnesota Health Department estimated 39,000 people were living with HCV statewide.
Needle exchange programs are one way to combat the spread of blood-borne pathogens like Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), or Hepatitis B and C viruses. Needle exchanges have been successfully used in other countries, however in the United States they often come under scrutiny due to misunderstanding and stigma.
I found a list of five needle exchanges in the state of Minnesota. That doesn't seem like enough.
The heroin problem in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area has been worsening. 54 people died of heroin overdose in 2013 in Hennepin county, the deadliest year on record.
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