Pubdate: Sat, 18 Aug 2001
Source: Tribune Review (PA)
Copyright: 2001 Tribune-Review Publishing Co.
Author: Peter Christopher


I was saddened to read Denise Wigfield's rant (Letters, Aug. 12) about 
clean needles and intravenous drug users. This mind-set has divided any 
good sense on the topic worldwide.

Clean needles for drug addicts save innocent lives. Forget their illegal 
drug use. What happens when AIDS/HIV is transmitted to innocent partners?

Yes, Ms. Wigfield, life is full of choices, good and bad. It would be 
simple to throw away the drug users and those who do not conform to your 
ways. Unfortunately, we are our brothers' (and sisters') keepers.

How would you feel if you were infected by a loved one with a hidden 
intravenous-drug-use past? Clean needle exchange may save you and others 
one day.

Peter Christopher, Locust, N.J.
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