Congress Votes to Restore Needle Exchange Funding Ban

Two years ago this week, after years of advocacy by public health and harm reduction advocates, the long-standing ban on federal funding for needle exchanges was repealed. On Saturday, it was restored as the Senate took the final votes to approve the 2012 federal omnibus spending bill.

It was a Democratic-controlled House and Senate that rescinded the ban two years ago, and it was House Republicans who were responsible for reinstating it this year. Three separate appropriations bills contained language banning the use of federal funds, and House negotiators managed to get two of them into the omnibus bill passed Saturday.

A Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bill including the ban on domestic use of federal funds for needle exchanges and a State Department bill including a ban on funding for needle exchange access in international programs both made it into the omnibus bill.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Medical Association, National Academy of Sciences, American Public Health Association, and numerous other scientific bodies have found that syringe exchange programs are highly effective at preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. Eight federal reports have found that increasing access to sterile syringes saves lives without increasing drug use.

Needle exchange supporters said restoring the ban will result in thousands of Americans contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C or other infectious diseases next year alone.

"The federal syringe funding ban was costly in both human and fiscal terms -- it is outrageous that Congress is restoring it given how overwhelming and clear the science is in support of making sterile syringes widely available," said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. "Make no mistake about it -- members of Congress who supported this ban have put the lives of their constituents in jeopardy."

They should pay a political price, Piper said. "We may have lost this battle, but we have just begun to fight," said Piper. "The Republicans who insisted on restoring the ban, and the Democrats who didn’t fight hard enough to oppose it, will be responsible for thousands of Americans contracting HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C. We will make sure Americans know which members of Congress care about their health and well-being and which do not."

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Federal funding

There is no provision in the constitution for federal funding of this kind.  If we want to repeal the drug war, the best way is to be consistent on the limits of federal authority.  If it isn't the Federal Government's job, get the federal government out of it. 

The same Commerce Clause that was originally designed to establish a Free Trade Zone among the states is used to authorize Federal Control over every aspect of our lives.  It is the clause used to authorize federal funding for needle exchanges, and the same clause is used to establish Drug bans.  A restoration of the Constitutional Limits on the Federal Government will end the Drug War. 

All these things are reserved for the States (State funding) or to the People (Charity or business Funding) respectively in accordance with the 10th Amendment.

However Congress will

However Congress will continue to fund the Justice Department and Law Enforcement Agnecies to continue their attacts upon society. Everyone knows the war on drugs is a total failure. Congress, Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcement personnel. Narcotics Officers. Fit the psychological category of being "Psychopaths". Individuals who act without conscience, exhibit no moral judgment. Aggressively conducting themselves with a reckless disregard for the safety, health and well-being of others. Putting people at risk! Witnessing or hearing of this form of conduct one would say, "This is sick! These are sick people, and of course they are sick. The conduct by Narcotics Law Enforcement Personnel is so abnormal that we know intuitively that these people are sick, they have got to be mentally ill in some form. Stop this conduct! Stop The War On Drugs!

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obsolete program except in NJ

Every state but NJ now allows syringe sales without prescription, and NJ's requirement may be repealed soon.  I see no reason for needle exchange programs.  If junkies can't afford to buy clean works, give them money to go to the drug store; that's got to be cheaper than running a needle exchange clinic.

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