Needle Exchange Programs Reduce Collateral Damage of Addiction!
Since 1988 the federal government has prohibited funding for needle exchange programs. Why? I’m not really sure. There is overwhelming evidence to support that needle exchange programs reduce collateral damage of addiction, most notably HIV and Hep C. People become addicted to heroin through a complicated system of genetics plus environment, does anyone really believe it has anything to do with a needle? This is a weird co-dependant policy. Control addiction by limiting needles? One would think that republicans, who allege to be opposed to big wasteful government, would support needle exchanges. Wouldn’t needle distribution be way less money than health care for new cases of HIV and Hep C?
Congress voted to repeal this policy but with restrictions that would prohibit distribution within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare, etc. So places like New York City, Chicago, and other high concentration areas would have a difficult time distributing clean needles. So what’s the point of funding clean needles if nobody can get them? I am not sure what is allowed for mobile units to distribute needles. That would make sense. A truck at Washington Square Park giving out clean needles. How about along with your needle they give information to local 12 step meetings, treatment options (none if you’re poor, but 12 step meetings are free).
Some people will always shoot dope; it’s just a fact. A sad fact of a complicated disease. Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kansas) says, “Drug Users are dependant on a lifestyle that only leads to destruction, and I personally don’t want to be part of that destruction”. What an arrogant, judgmental moron. Although I agree, I don’t want to be a part of their destruction either, which is why I think being a slave to heroin is bad enough without compounding it with HIV or Hep C.
Ok Obama, where is the change on this one?