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Needle exchanges are often controversial, and some opponents, like Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, feel that the approach sends the wrong message. In an interview with KJZZ, Montgomery likened syringe-access programs to "a free-case-of-beer-a-month program for alcoholics." But, as Coles points out, "Withholding [clean syringes] doesn’t prevent them from using drugs. It just puts them at risk of contracting hepatitis and HIV, in addition to other preventable illnesses."

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"It's really low-barrier the way we are doing it," Patterson says. "All you have to do is find us."

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"Shot in the Dark isn’t about trying to push people in recovery. It’s about trying to keep people safe while they’re doing what they’re doing.”

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[Jacob] said for him, Shot in the Dark is potentially life-saving. "If you don't have access to [clean syringes], you're not going to stop doing drugs, you're just going to deal with it and use dirty messed up gear," Weiss said.

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“Just because you are using drugs doesn’t mean your healthcare doesn’t matter and doesn’t mean there’s nothing that can be done,” she said, glancing at the GPS guiding us to our first stop.

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