Crime Tracker: The Needle Exchange - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Crime Tracker: The Needle Exchange

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District gives clean needles to injection drug users. It’s part of the Outreach Program and is designed to stop the spread of infection of HIV and Hepatitis B, C, and D. Lynn Everson has run the program for over 20 years. She says it is a response to a public health crisis.

People who shoot up heroin, meth and steroids can trade in used needles for clean ones five days a week at the center inside the health district building. Lynn also drives a mobile bus into neighborhoods where clients can meet her. Users can exchange up to 200 needles a day.

Everson says many of her clients exchange needles for their friends. The Needle Exchange Program also provides tourniquets, small medal cups to make drugs, cotton to filter dope – which helps filter out the chunks in heroin, sterile water, alcohol pads and bandages. Everson says the cost to run the program is significantly less than the cost of treating people with HIV and Hepatitis. She says 80% of her clients report not sharing needles, which significantly decreases the spread of infection. It costs $175 a year per person to provide the needle exchange service. The cost is dramatically less than the lifetime treatment cost for HIV, which is $379,668. Lifetime treatment costs for Hepatitis C is $64,490.

In addition to the services, Lynn provides her clients with compassion – something many of them have never experienced before. Lynn sites the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study by the CDC, which says many drug users were abused and neglected as children. She says that though society views these individuals with sympathy when they are children, society changes its views toward them when they become adults. Lynn says her clients are human beings and deserve to be treated as such. This is the approach she takes everyday when she opens up the office door and her heart to her clients.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fire Marshal: Fireplace sparked fatal fire at Idaho cabin

    Fire Marshal: Fireplace sparked fatal fire at Idaho cabin

    Saturday, September 23 2017 2:09 AM EDT2017-09-23 06:09:41 GMT
    Fire Marshal: Fireplace sparked fatal fire at Idaho cabinFire Marshal: Fireplace sparked fatal fire at Idaho cabin

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho state fire marshal says an explosion in a fireplace caused a fire that consumed a house and killed four people. Knute Sandahl said Thursday the explosion, which occurred June 30 at Tamarack Resort, was ruled accidental. Sandahl says the fireplace on the main floor of the home was converted from propane-fueled to wood-burning in 2015. During the conversion to wood, the propane line that fed the fireplace was 

    >>

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho state fire marshal says an explosion in a fireplace caused a fire that consumed a house and killed four people. Knute Sandahl said Thursday the explosion, which occurred June 30 at Tamarack Resort, was ruled accidental. Sandahl says the fireplace on the main floor of the home was converted from propane-fueled to wood-burning in 2015. During the conversion to wood, the propane line that fed the fireplace was 

    >>
  • Ghost tours will continue at closed Colfax hospital

    Ghost tours will continue at closed Colfax hospital

    Friday, September 22 2017 5:19 PM EDT2017-09-22 21:19:47 GMT

    COLFAX, Wash. (AP) - It looks like the tours and ghost hunts will continue at the haunted hospital in the town of Colfax. A structural engineer from Spokane has told the city's Downtown Association that the building is structurally sound, opening the door for one more year of tours at St. Ignatius Hospital. The Lewiston Tribune reports the tours raised more than $30,000 from 2015-16 for the Colfax Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Association. 

    >>

    COLFAX, Wash. (AP) - It looks like the tours and ghost hunts will continue at the haunted hospital in the town of Colfax. A structural engineer from Spokane has told the city's Downtown Association that the building is structurally sound, opening the door for one more year of tours at St. Ignatius Hospital. The Lewiston Tribune reports the tours raised more than $30,000 from 2015-16 for the Colfax Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Association. 

    >>
  • Reports say Kylie Jenner is pregnant with first child

    Reports say Kylie Jenner is pregnant with first child

    Friday, September 22 2017 6:03 PM EDT2017-09-22 22:03:36 GMT

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) - Is there going to be another addition to the Jenner-Kardashian clan? Several media outlets, including TMZ and People, are reporting Friday that 20-year-old Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the reality show family, is expecting a child with her boyfriend Travis Scott. Reps did not confirm the pregnancy, however, and did not immediately respond to The Associated Press' request for comment. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press

    >>

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) - Is there going to be another addition to the Jenner-Kardashian clan? Several media outlets, including TMZ and People, are reporting Friday that 20-year-old Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the reality show family, is expecting a child with her boyfriend Travis Scott. Reps did not confirm the pregnancy, however, and did not immediately respond to The Associated Press' request for comment. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Congressman to Texas flood victims: 'God is telling you to move'

    Congressman to Texas flood victims: 'God is telling you to move'

    Saturday, September 23 2017 5:14 PM EDT2017-09-23 21:14:54 GMT

    The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee says victims of repeat flooding should consider Harvey's devastation a sign from on high. U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Dallas, said on CNBC during a segment on flood insurance Thursday that U.S. taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for at-risk homes that have flooded over and over again.

    >>

    The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee says victims of repeat flooding should consider Harvey's devastation a sign from on high. U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Dallas, said on CNBC during a segment on flood insurance Thursday that U.S. taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for at-risk homes that have flooded over and over again.

    >>
  • Soul singer Charles Bradley dead at 68 after battle with cancer

    Soul singer Charles Bradley dead at 68 after battle with cancer

    Saturday, September 23 2017 4:50 PM EDT2017-09-23 20:50:20 GMT

    Soul singer Charles Bradley has died after battling cancer.  The Florida-born, Brooklyn-based performer found success later in life after he was discovered working as a James Brown impersonator by Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth.

    >>

    Soul singer Charles Bradley has died after battling cancer.  The Florida-born, Brooklyn-based performer found success later in life after he was discovered working as a James Brown impersonator by Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth.

    >>
  • North Korea: Trump insult ensures attack on US

    North Korea: Trump insult ensures attack on US

    Saturday, September 23 2017 3:57 PM EDT2017-09-23 19:57:52 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - North Korea's foreign minister says U.S. President Donald Trump's insult calling leader Kim Jong Un "rocket man" makes "our rocket's visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more."

    >>

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - North Korea's foreign minister says U.S. President Donald Trump's insult calling leader Kim Jong Un "rocket man" makes "our rocket's visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more."

    >>