A user injects heroin into his arm after receiving a kit with clean syringes from social workers from the Cambie program. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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Here, programs for users have received scant support compared to the billions of dollars spent pursuing powerful drug cartels.But now, faced with a dramatic rise in drug consumption, Colombia's Health Ministry hopes to replicate the needle exchange program in other cities such as Bogota and Medellin.Colombia is one of only two heroin producers in the Western Hemisphere and the largest supplier of cocaine to the U.S. Drug consumption in the country is rising fast, with 12.2 percent of adults reporting narcotics use in the latest national drug survey in 2013 compared with 8.8 percent in 2008 .
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