A controversial needle exchange program in rural Yolo County, California has been extended for another year. The program was started last year with $100,000 to reduce disease rates in IV drug users. It currently serves about 150 people.
Kathy Lambert, a Woodland resident, has discovered her puppies chewing on syringes in her back yard and thinks drug users tossed them over her fence. Others have said they have found needles in their parks and neighborhoods.
Proponents say the goal is to save the county millions in health costs, including liver transplants. Dr. Bette Hinton said "These are expensive diseases we're trying to prevent" but acknowledges it will take years to see if the program is helping.