Pubdate: Tue, 10 Oct 2006
Source: AM New York (NY)
Copyright: 2006 AM New York
Author: Gabriel Sayegh
Bookmark: (Hepatitis)
Bookmark: (Needle Exchange)


Re 'Sharply Divided' (Oct. 6) about the needle exchange program: Our 
drug policies should be measured by the degree to which they reduce 
the death, disease, harm and suffering caused by abuse or misuse of drugs.

In this way, syringe exchange programs are a resounding success. The 
World Health Organization, scientific research and the experience of 
such programs around the world show that these programs reduce the 
spread of hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS, and do not increase or promote drug use.

Given the increase in fentanyl-related overdoses recently, how can 
anyone in their right mind argue against proven, effective programs.

- --Gabriel Sayegh

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