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Monday, April 1, 2013

Congress must restore federal funding for needle exchange

Public health and fiscal benefits of providing clean syringes for addicts are overwhelming

In 2009, Congress passed legislation reversing the decades-old ban on the use of federal funding for syringe exchange but, for unclear reasons, in late 2011, it reversed this decision, again withholding federal funding from programs that provide drug users with sterile needles and syringes. This month, Congress approved the health spending budget for the rest of this fiscal year without lifting the ban. This lack of action worsens public health problems, makes our communities less safe, and increases future financial burdens on taxpayers.

Although syringe exchange programs were controversial when they first appeared in the 1980s, this is no longer the case. Many communities across the country have actively embraced syringe exchange, recognizing that such programs create healthier, safer and more productive communities.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the integrity to keep this issue in the forefront!

    Peace, Dan

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