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Med.: AIDS / Testing / Tacoma, Washington #120900

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 08, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Recommendation that all new babies be tested for AIDS noted. Report introduced.

(Tacoma, WA: Bonnie Strauss) One-man war against AIDS among drug users in Tacoma, WA, featured; details given of David Purchase's passing out of new needles to intravenous drug users; scenes shown. [PURCHASE - talks about needle-exchange program.] [Heroin ADDICT - comments.] [WA state senate Jim WEST - says needle exchange sends out terrible message.] Police noted not interfering with program. [Police spokesperson Mark MANN - says department can't do anything to reduce AIDS.] [PURCHASE - comments.] Washington health department study of needle-exchange plan explained. [PURCHASE - comments on feeling useful.]

Jennings, Peter;
Strauss, Bonnie

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