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D.C. Clean Needle Exchange PreventionWorks To Close

02/11/2011 07:29 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The leading provider of clean needles to drug addicts in the District to help stem the spread of AIDS plans to shut its doors by the end of the month, officials said Wednesday, in the city that has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the country.

Michael Rhein, president of the board of PreventionWorks, said dwindling private donations, delays in city funds and high turnover of top managers at the nonprofit agency in recent years were among the factors that led to the decision to close Feb. 25.

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