“The Needle Nexus”

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Coming out in clear support of needle-exchange methods, this article’s bias leaves me with many questions.

Needle-exchange programs have been proven effective in reducing the transmission of H.I.V. but are still politically unpopular for the obvious reason they facilitate further illicit drug use.

Pragmatically, I believe programs that achieve validated reduction in the infection rate of deadly disease should be supported. But in this case, I’m not so sure.

This article fails to mention one-time use needles. What are the costs? Is it feasible to replace all syringes in hospitals and at large with one-time use designs? Wouldn’t this be more effective than needle-exchange?

It also gives cursory mention to the fact that most drug users seem to have a stronger incentive to use clean needles than to wear condoms. Why is this? Have their been any studies done? If a drug user has the prescence of mind to seek out a clean needle, couldn’t they just as easily use a condom?

Programs that would offer birth control and disease reduction seem to offer more promise for support and a thus a more feasible way of attacking the problem.

Side-stepping the various angles of this issue and focusing on facts that support one position is unprofessional journalism and in the end weakens the author’s lobbying.


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