Heroin use in Atlanta: film examines needle exchange program

Mona Bennett has been working for years to save the lives of drug users in Atlanta.

Bennett, head of the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, coordinates a twice-weekly needle exchange program in the English Avenue neighborhood called “The Bluff,” in an effort to get dirty needles off the street and reduce the transmission of AIDS, hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases.

The AJC wrote about the exchange program last year when heroin returned to the headlines after the overdose death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Now Bennett’s program is the subject of a short documentary filmed by her colleagues in the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition. It can be viewed on Vimeo here .

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