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Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld has changed his position and will approve an experimental exchange of hypodermic needles for drug addicts in an effort to slow the spread of AIDS.
But, the program must be run first in one community, can last no longer than one year, and its effectiveness must be monitored by the state Department of Public Health (DPH), which must report on it at the end of a year.
Weld previously opposed a program of exchanging clean needles for used ones because he thought it would tacitly endorse the illegal use of drugs.
His aides said he changed his mind when Public Health Commissioner David H. …