Mobile Needle Exchange Program To Service North, NW Suburbs

Mobile Needle Exchange Program To Service Northwest Suburbs
Photo credit Live4Lali

WAUKEGAN, ILL. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A mobile needle exchange program is kicking off next week in the north and northwestern western suburbs. It’s a stepped-up effort to help drug users and sex workers.  “This is mobile harm reduction,” said Laura Fry, chief programs officer for Live4Lali, an advocacy group for those who use drugs.Live4Lali’s purple Stigma Crusher truck will stop in Waukegan and McHenry every week passing out clean needles, condoms, Naloxone and toiletries.Live4Lali co-founder Chelsea Laliberte Barnes said the organization intentionally went bold when designing the truck.

“I am so grateful to wake up every day to do this work and to be able to say, 'Alex. We did it. We’re doing it for you every single day,'” Barnes said. And she knows the mobile needle exchange and naloxone distribution program will help even more people.