Steph Gaspar, a volunteer outreach worker with The Hand Up Project, an addiction and homeless advocacy group, holds a used and blood-filled needle used for drug injection that she found while cleaning up a homeless encampment in Everett, in November, 2017. The Aids Outreach syringe exchange program in Everett encourages the safe disposal of needles by offering a one-to-one exchange for clean syringes. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press file photo)

Steph Gaspar, a volunteer outreach worker with The Hand Up Project, an addiction and homeless advocacy group, holds a used and blood-filled needle used for drug injection that she found while cleaning up a homeless encampment in Everett, in November, 2017. The Aids Outreach syringe exchange program in Everett encourages the safe disposal of needles by offering a one-to-one exchange for clean syringes. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press file photo)

Editorial: Health district should adopt needle exchange

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