Saturday, July 3, 2010

Needle Exchange Programs

President Obama did the right thing in December when he repealed the 21-year-old ban on federal financing for programs that give drug users access to clean needles. Almost nothing has happened since because the Department of Health and Human Services still has not issued the new rules that states and localities need before they can use any federal money to expand existing exchange programs or start new ones.


Let's see - do we invest a few dollars in programs that have proven to reduce the spread of infectious diseases or we squander vast sums of money and numerous lives pursuing a policy based on ideology?

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