Users will have to register first to receive a swipe card and unique identification number that they can use to receive up to two kits per week, the Journal-Review reported.
“This is like our heart and soul. Seeing this happen is actually like a dream come true,” Michele Jorge, HIV lab director at the Community Counseling Center, told the Journal-Review.
Patrick Bozarth, the center’s executive director, told the Journal-Review that the machines will be housed in a private office in his facility. A case manager will be available to help those who need clean syringes, provide them with any other services they require and, if possible, assist them with finding treatment, he said.
Dr. Jerry Cade, who co-founded University Medical Center’s HIV clinic in Las Vegas, has been talking about a safe needle exchange for 30 years, KLAS reported.
“No, I didn’t even envision the vending machines,” he told KLAS. “I think it’s a great idea, I never thought about doing it that way.”