Syringe Round Up –
October 27, 2018 – It’s unclear where the ceiling lies, but it’s clear the Tri-Cities was overdue, said Blue Mountain officials. And it’s clear that there’s an even larger audience for the service. Most of the exchangers served in Pasco are homeless. The numbers suggest the Tri-Cities needs to expand, which is why the health district is on the prowl for funds to open a second location. “We are very interested in bringing it to Benton County,” said Dr. Amy Person, the Mid-Columbia’s public health officer. Before April, Tri-Citians had no place to safely exchange dirty syringes. Residents who wanted to swap needles drove to Walla Walla or Yakima.