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Needle Exchange Programs

Why Needle Exchange Programs Are Important

Healthline | Posted 12.14.2016 | Healthy Living

In 2011, PreventionWorks!, a needle exchange program in the District of Columbia, closed down after 12 years of helping people who struggled with drug...

Kentucky Q&A on Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.04.2017 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

In early 2015 Kentucky shocked the nation by becoming the first Southern state to officially legalize syringe exchange programs. Since then the news has covered the successful roll-out of a couple different syringe exchange programs through local health departments, but has also reported some backlash coming from the legislature.

Dana Liebelson

Indiana Governor Extends Needle Exchange Program As HIV Crisis Worsens | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) on Monday extended a short-term needle exchange program in order to respond to an exploding HIV crisis in so...

If Politicians Really Want To Save Money, These Initiatives Actually Cost Less Than Doing Nothing

Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

For many lawmakers, particularly in today's austerity-obsessed political environment, the only way to save a dollar is to not spend that dollar. But i...

Zen and the Art of Harm Reduction

Ishani Ganguli | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Ishani Ganguli

My morning with Ritchie, part of a required residency rotation on addiction, offered a rare glimpse into patients' lives outside hospital walls and the important, if unsettling, work that complements our efforts as physicians.

Can Theology Support Needle Exchange Programs?

Mary Jo Iozzio, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mary Jo Iozzio, Ph.D.

To deny injecting-drug-users access to needle exchange programs is to fail to act to save human lives, to fail to acknowledge the dignity of every human life, and to fail to respond in solidarity to those who are marginalized.

Repealing Federal Strictures Against Needle Exchange Programs: A Much-needed Shot in the Arm

Gabor Maté | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabor Maté

News that Congress is on the verge of repealing federal strictures against needle exchange programs serves well, as a much-needed shot in the arm for humane, science-based drug addiction policies.

Ryan Grim

Obama Budget Bans Federal Funding For Needle Exchange, Breaking Campaign Pledge | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's budget released Thursday takes a step backward from a controversial political position he had taken during the presidential campaign...