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Canadian prison report urges needle exchange programs

CBC News

A report on drug use in prisons urges the federal government to set up needle exchange programs for inmates.

Rates of HIV and hepatitis C infections in prison are 10 to 20 times higher than in the general population, says the report to be released Tuesday by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

“Because of the scarcity of needles and syringes in prison, people who inject drugs are more likely to share injecting equipment than people in the community,” the report said. “This significantly increases their risk of contracting HIV and HCV.”

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