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To stop heroin use, Sullivan pharmacies restricting sale of syringes

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SULLIVAN, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

In an effort to combat the heroin epidemic, pharmacies in Sullivan are restricting the sale of syringes to those who have prescription.

Many are not only concerned about heroin addiction, but what happens to the discarded needles. A prick from such a needle can pass along Hepatitis C or HIV. In 2015, a 7-year-old was pricked by a needle after he found a syringe that was tossed out by a heroin user.

Sullivan’s police chief has asked all pharmacies in the city to restrict the sale of syringes to those who have a prescription. The idea is being embraced by pharmacies across the city, which means officials will not need to pass an ordinance. In fact, many outlets have been restricting such sales for years.

Everyone who spoke to News 4 about the issue says they agree with the idea.

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