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Needle-vending machines are part of the response to STI outbreaks in Saskatchewan

Drug users who have long sought to keep others safe by voluntarily distributing clean needles are now getting paid for their work in North Battleford, Sask., where public health workers are responding to recent outbreaks of HIV and syphilis. 

The program gives people who are in contact with drug users, including some who are still users themselves, backpacks stocked with clean drug-use supplies to distribute. 

Vending machines stocked with sterile drug-use equipment are also being used to provide…

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