I’d be remiss if I didn’t do at least a short post on the topic today.
Roughly 1 in 3 new cases of HIV are the result of syringe sharing. Some 17, overwhelmingly red states still have no legal syringe access programs.
Cities with legal syringe access programs have seen the rate of infection drop an average of 18%, while cities without have seen a rise of 8%.
And let’s make no mistakes here. Even if you feel an IV drug user deserves to die it may be months, or years before they know they are infected. And they can spread the infection to other non IV drug users through sexual activity (and no- it’s not just “gays” who contract HIV via sex).
So regardless of your feelings about drugs, drug users, and the drug war…it is long, long past time to insist on harm reduction. Programs to both educate and insure access to clean needles. The life you save may ultimately be someone who has never done illegal drugs. Maybe yoursel. Your son or daughter. Your grandchild…