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8148a6b049141932631653a139e16e40209b7220 Dartmouth 2K9 1 Needles Neg Last printed 0/0/00 0:00 AM 1
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1NC States CP NEP Text: The 50 states and all relevant territories should fully fund and enforce a comprehensive needle exchange program within the United States for persons living in poverty in the United States as long as the programs do not occur within 200 ft radius of areas where children generally gather.
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8148a6b049141932631653a139e16e40209b7220 Dartmouth 2K9 3 1NC States CP NEP Federal action in needle exchange program destroys the entire point of NEP. Lilis, staff writer, 7-31-2009. Mikes Lilis, staff writer, 7-31-2009. Congress Looks to Two decade ban on needle exchange funds. http://washingtonindependent.com/53339/congress-looks-to-lift-two-decade-ban- on-federal-needle-exchange-funds When the House of Representatives last week passed legislation lifting a 21-year-old prohibition on federal funding for needle exchange programs, some ban critics cheered the move as a long step toward curbing the spread of blood-borne diseases like HIV. Yet the proposal moving through Congress, according to many health and human rights advocates, has been diluted to the point that it won’t help the same urban areas most afflicted by those illnesses . “It’s too restrictive,” said Allan Clear, executive director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, an advocacy group. “You couldn’t open a program in Washington, D.C. — or most any urban area — with these restrictions.” That’s because the House bill , while repealing the ban on federal money for needle exchanges, also prohibits such programs from operating within 1,000 feet of schools, daycare centers and other areas where children are likely to congregate . The sponsor of the 1,000-foot stipulation, House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.), included the restriction, not because he supports it, but to appease conservative critics who might have killed the entire provision otherwise. Yet needle exchange supporters argue that the geographic restraints are so expansive that they’ll neuter most benefits that would come with allowing federal funding of clean-needle programs. “As a practical matter, you won’t be able to have needle exchange in the city,” said Rebecca Schleifer, advocate for the health and human rights division at Human Rights Watch. “T here are schools and daycare centers everywhere.” The restrictions, she added, make the bill “meaningless as a practical matter, even if it’s important as a symbolic matter.” The debate over needle exchange programs cuts largely along party lines, with Democrats touting the health benefits associated with providing access to clean syringes and Republicans blasting the thought of the taxpayers abetting illegal drug use. On the House floor before last week’s vote, Obey cited “overwhelming evidence that we can help stop the spread of AIDS by allowing needle exchange programs.” Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) countered with the argument that drug users are “dependent on a lifestyle that only leads to destruction, and … I personally don’t want to be part of that
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This note was uploaded on 12/20/2010 for the course K 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at UMass Lowell.

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