30 drugs do not feel comfortable using these locations. Instead, they return to ASGCC with needles obtained from other sources as well as the ones obtained from ASGCC. Second, as Kate noted, clean needle exchange programs keep health providers and support groups in contact with users, thus increasing the chances to provide education, counseling, and life-saving medication such as narcan, which can reverse an overdose. “Our clients were thrilled with the SJC’s landmark decision. We felt confident that we effectively demon- strated to the court that there is a compelling public health interest in allowing the non-sale distribution of clean needles by qualified private entities. We are very pleased that the court reached a favorable decision. This is a serious epidemic and there was no time to waste,” Drew said. The Needle and the Damage Done (continued)