After Santa Ana city officials shut down Orange County’s only needle exchange months ago, the program may return as a mobile service in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Orange and Costa Mesa.

The move — pending state approval — would widen the influence of the Orange County Needle Exchange Program, which formerly operated out of the Santa Ana Civic Center until city officials denied the group’s permit application in mid-January, citing an increased number of discarded syringes in the area.

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