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Clean Syringe Exchange Tries to Reduce Risky Behavior

Excellent program, but it needs to be expanded! About 45 million clean needles are needed each year in San Diego! Two locations, and two times a week is not enough. The County Supervisors should be ashamed of themselves. And they should not be permitted to continue to hold the health of the public hostage to discredited political concerns. The Supervisors are in charge of public health. Hepatitis C and HIV are huge public health concerns. Clean needles are a time-tested and proven way to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C and HIV. The Supervisors should be held accountable for not doing their jobs.

July 7, 2009 at 5:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Syringe Exchange

San Diego is unconscionably far behind as far as HIV and Hep C prevention are concerned. And we all know that's because both are spread primarily thorough shared needles. San Diego has ignored the problem (and the solution-providing clean needles to drug users) since the early 80's. The illegal, activist/volunteer-operated needle exchange provided hundreds of thousand of clean needles to drug users each years starting in 1992, while risking arrest. And now we're supposed to be happy that the city allows (not supports, not funds, just allows) legal needle exchange to take place. And the legal exchange is forced to comply with all kinds of political restrictions (not in my neighborhood!), and is disgracefully limited in their ability to do their job. There are approximately 30000 injection drug users in San Diego. Do you think that 183000 clean needles (about 6 per user per year) will stop the spread of Hepatitis C and HIV?
Let the good people at the needle exchange do their jobs.
Let them expand so they can go where they are needed, when they are needed.
Let them give out needles to people who need them, even without a used one to exchange.
This is about health. And saving lives.

July 7, 2009 at 4:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )