Falmouth Board of Health to Discuss Needle Exchange Program at Public Meeting

FALMOUTH – A public discussion will be held Saturday in Falmouth on a controversial proposed needle exchange program.

The AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod is seeking to open an East Falmouth facility that would collect used syringes and provide new ones. The program would also screen for sexually transmitted diseases and provide Narcan, an opioid overdose reversal drug.

The discussion will focus on a letter of support for the program sent by the Falmouth Board of Health to the state’s Department of Public Health in November.

At a Board of Selectmen meeting last month residents expressed concerns about the proposed location of the program on Route 28 in East Falmouth and its proximity to residential neighborhoods and St. Anthony’s Church. The church operates several youth programs and services.

Residents are upset about the Board of Health’s decision to support the program last month without their input.

The discussion is at Falmouth High School at 9 a.m.

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