Needle exchanges seek to prevent deaths from drug use. Bill on Pritzker’s desk aims to remove them from legal gray zone in Illinois.

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Every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., you can find Lyndsay Hartman outside the Kane County coroner’s office in Geneva, the hatch of her Chevy HHR popped open to display plastic bins filled with everything a drug user might need to stay alive.

Clean needles for those who inject. Clean plastic straws for those who snort. Brochures detailing how to use more safely. Strips of test paper that detects the presence of fentanyl. And plenty of naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

Harman, who runs a needle exchange called Point to Point, is there at the invitation of the Kane County government, even though what she’s doing isn’t unambiguously legal.

State law has been unclear about the status of programs like hers — syringes are considered illegal drug paraphernalia in some circumstances — and she’s concerned that the people she serves might get in trouble.

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May 30, 2019 at 05:06AM

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