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Councilors and others supporting the move or the closure of the syringe access program said the center is attracting IV drug users to the city, particularly the tourist area where the Oasis Center is located, and that other cities are working towards providing such centers should participate.

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“Hopefully now all communities can help ensure these people get the help they deserve and bring it to their families,” said Atlantic City Council President George Tibbitt, who led efforts to close the Atlantic City Needle Exchange directed. “If it’s just one town in the entire county, people aren’t getting the help they deserve.”

Armato and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, also D-Atlantic, voted in favor.

Tibbitt suggested that Armato volunteer some of his time with addicts in Atlantic City instead of spending more time volunteering at Inspira Medical Center in Vineland, as Armato announced after leaving the congregation.

“He wanted that. He pushed for it,” said Tibbitt. “He has to step up and come to Atlantic City after 5:00 PM to advise these people and get them the right help.”

MPs Antwan McClellan and Eric Simonsen, both R-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, voted no; and Assemblywoman Diane Gove and Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, both R-Ocean.


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