The Greenfield Needle Exchange Program could soon be run out of a RV

The Greenfield Needle Exchange Program was approved in August of 2016 to get dirty needles off the street

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- Tapestry hopes to run the Greenfield Needle Exchange Program out of its “Team Health” RV, until they can secure a building for their needle exchange program.

The Tapestry RV has been at Greenfield Community College for the past 2 months. In Tapestry’s RV, there’s a laboratory where they conduct screenings and counselings for Hepatitis C, HIV, and STI’s. All of Tapestry’s services are free.

The Needle Exchange Program was approved in August of 2016, to get dirty needles off the street, and to help prevent disease among needle drug users. One Greenfield resident is still skeptical about Needle Exchange.

“People use needles for heroin and any type of drug that they can get,” said John Parks of Greenfield.

The program has received wide-spread support among the Greenfield medical community.

“It’s going to save lives, it’s going to reduce hepatitis C and HIV and also give access to people who want to change their way of living,” said William Doyle, Chairman of the Greenfield Board of Health.

Tapestry’s Health Director said they’re waiting for Greenfield’s Mayor to approve a public parking lot for the RV, before they start running services out of it.

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