A Washington State University College of Nursing graduate student helped bring the first needle-exchange program to Grant County, Washington.
The new program launched in May – the same month Shawta Sackett graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from WSU. Sackett designed the program as her final project for her DNP degree.
Clients of the program can trade their used needles for new, one-for-one, plus get naloxone nasal spray, condoms, wound-care kits, and referrals to social services and substance-abuse treatment.
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