In writing about a local organization yesterday, I mentioned that one of their programs was a needle exchange. A steaming hot email came my way as a result and the question asked (cutting out all the expletives) was how could I support helping drug addicts. The short answer is that it costs much less to supply a clean syringe than to treat someone for HIV.
Needle exchange programs are not new, and there is reliable information that shows that they are helping to prevent the transmission of blood borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C. The programs are working. They also can help engage drug users in mental health or in substance abuse treatments - even those individuals with a history of refusing such treatments.
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