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Succesful program in Colombian town targets heroin addicts
An 18-month-old pilot program in the Colombian city of Dosquebradas, supported by philanthropist George Soros' Open Society Foundations, has attracted attention in a country long identified with the war on drugs.
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In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, Juan Carlos prepares to shoot up with heroin after receiving a kit with clean syringes from social workers the Cambie program in Dosquebradas, Colombia. Colombia is one of only two heroin producers in the Western Hemisphere and drug consumption in the country is rising fast. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, used syringes sit in a bin after being disposed by heroin addicts in exchange for a kit containing new ones in Dosquebradas, Colombia. Here, programs for users have received scant support compared to the billions of dollars spent pursuing powerful drug cartels. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, drug addicts receive kits including a rubber tube and new syringes in Dosquebradas, Colombia. The 18-month-old pilot program, supported by philanthropist George Sorosâ Open Society Foundation has attracted attention in a country long identified with the war on drugs. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, Maria Isabel Velazquez, a social worker from the Cambie program, sits at the back of the vehicle she drives around every night looking for heroin addicts in Dosquebradas, Colombia. The group, comprised of recovering addicts, also tests illicit drugs for their purity so junkies can see what dangerous adulterants theyre consuming. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, a drug addict prepares shoot up heroin after receiving a kit including a spoon, a rubber tube, cotton, sterilized water and clean syringes distributed by a program sponsored by the Open Society Foundation and government agencies in Dosquebradas, Colombia. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, drug addicts claim kits containing clean syringes from social workers from the Cambie program in Dosquebradas, Colombia. Every night workers of the program sponsored by the Open Society Foundation and government agencies drive around areas of the town were drug addicts regularly meet to hand out the kits in exchange for used syringes. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, a heroin addict disposes of used syringes before receiving a kit with a new ones in Dosquebradas, Colombia. Faced with a dramatic rise in drug consumption, Colombiaâs Health Ministry hopes to replicate the needle exchange program in other cities such as Bogota and Medellin. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, Juan Carlos injects heroin into his arm after receiving a kit with clean syringes from social workers from the Cambie program in Dosquebradas, Colombia. Social workers of the program supported by the Open Society Foundation and government agencies tour the streets of the town every night in search of heroin addicts to swap out their used syringes so they dont end passing from arm to arm, increasing the risk of transmitting HIV or hepatitis. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, Wilson Pineda, 39, prepares to shoot up heroin after receiving a kit with a rubber tube and clean syringes from social workers in Dosquebradas, Colombia. Pineda said heâs been shooting up heroin for the past three years and that he periodically swaps used syringes for clean ones distributed for free by social workers. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo photo, Hugo Castro, a social worker from the Cambie program, shows heroin addict Wilson Pineda how to correctly tie a tourniquet over his arm to tap a vein in Dosquebradas, Colombia. Programs for users have received scant support compared to the billions of dollars spent pursuing powerful drug cartels. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Succesful program in Colombian town targets heroin addicts

An 18-month-old pilot program in the Colombian city of Dosquebradas, supported by philanthropist George Soros' Open Society Foundations, has attracted attention in a country long identified with the war on drugs.

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