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Needle+Exchange+Mini+Update+Redux - Needle Exchange Update

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Needle Exchange Update DDI 2009 Clark/Jennings—Christopher Lee Needle Exchange Mini Update Redux Perception of Addicts A lack of support for needle exchange implies that addicts have no worth. Gerson, Senior Research Fellow, ‘09 (Michael Gerson, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement’s Center on Faith and International Affairs, 8/5/09, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/04/AR2009080402422.html?hpid= opinionsbox1) Critics claim that needle-exchange programs create a moral hazard by legitimizing drug abuse. But it does not legitimate drug abuse to help people with the clinical disease of addiction avoid other deadly diseases until they are ready for help. Sacrificing the lives of addicts to send an "unmixed" moral message actually sends a troubling moral message: that the unwanted have no worth . “Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.” 1
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Needle Exchange Update DDI 2009 Clark/Jennings—Christopher Lee As each addict leaves the RV, Smith -- who was an addict on the street herself four years ago -- tells them, "I love you." When I asked her why, she said: "If someone years ago had told me they loved me, it might not have been so long." Street addicts are connected to the rest of us by only a few invisible strands -- people such as Smith, Jackson and Mallory -- and those strands should not be severed. Federal Area Ban Bad The area ban amendment puts existing programs out of business. Gerson, Senior Research Fellow, ‘09 (Michael Gerson, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement’s Center on Faith and International Affairs, 8/5/09, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/04/AR2009080402422.html?hpid= opinionsbox1) They are also at the center of a controversy. Needle-exchange programs have always been politically controversial, with opponents arguing that they send a mixed moral message about drug use. The House of Representatives recently passed an amendment banning exchanges in the District within 1,000 feet of places where children gather -- which, if approved by the Senate, would effectively put programs like PreventionWorks out of business. Staffers joke that they could work only in graveyards and the middle of the Potomac. “Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.” 2
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Needle Exchange Update DDI 2009 Clark/Jennings—Christopher Lee Riders prevent solvency in areas like Washington D.C. New York Times, ‘09 (New York Times, 8/4/09, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/05/opinion/05wed2.html) Worse still, a rider on the city budget for the D istrict of C olumbia, which is closely controlled by Congress, would place the same limitations on the use of even locally raised tax dollars. This would be an outrage in any case. But it is especially troubling because Washington is an AIDS hotspot, where impoverished communities have long been ravaged by the disease. Needle-exchange programs would help these neighborhoods in many ways. First, they would provide safe, central locations
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