For 2020, Middletown has budgeted $55,000, according to Shelby Quinlivan, city spokeswoman.
In 2019, $52,129 was budgeted for the Middletown program, according to city officials.
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“We want to make sure this will go on,” she said.
During the stop on Tuesday, the team saw 34 people who received 1,435 clean syringes and traded 850 dirty syringes, Phillips said.
The team distributed 21 boxes of Narcan, 39 hygiene kits, 50 wound care kits, 22 feminine hygiene kits, 15 safe sex kits and 22 face masks. There were three referrals for additional assistance and information provided about the COVID-19 coronavirus and availability of treatment beds.
Phillips said that “these things still need to be done and we need to try to do at the least the bare minimum.”
A second needle exchange site in Butler County that was part of the Hamilton County outreach program is also closed.
“(The) Fairfield site temporarily discontinued due to (the coronavirus). It should be back up at some point,” said Butler County Health Commissioner Jenny Bailer.