Fast facts:

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• In 2014, about one drug over­dose each day was re­ported at Cape Bre­ton hos­pi­tals.

• About 600,000 nee­dles are dis­trib­uted each year to in­tra­venous drug users.

• The nee­dles are dis­trib­uted by peo­ple known as nat­u­ral helpers, peo­ple who are em- bed­ded in the com­mu­nity of users and who may have used at one time them­selves. They take the clean nee­dles to the drug users who don’t want to be seen at the nee­dle ex­change.

• Mar­garet Dech­man will speak on these is­sues at the James McCon­nell Li­brary on Thurs­day at 6:45 p.m.

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