By City News Service
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After considerable debate, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to move forward with developing a syringe service program, as part of the county’s harm-reduction strategies for public health.

A subcommittee, along with other county staff, will work on a proposal and present it to the board for formal approval within the next three to four months.

Supervisors nixed the idea of a syringe service program 23 years ago.

Syringe services programs encompass substance use treatment; access to and disposal of sterile syringes and injection equipment; and vaccination, testing and care and treatment for infectious diseases.

The nonprofit Family Health Centers of San Diego has its own limited syringe program, called Syringe Services Program (SSP).

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