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Earlier this week we alerted our email subscribers and web site readers that Republicans in Congress were pushing to reinstate the only recently repealed syringe exchange funding ban. Lifted two years ago as part of the FY 2010 budget bill, the ban had prevented states from making their own decisions as to whether to use federal AIDS grant funding to support needle exchange programs. As most if not all aspects of the drug issue demonstrate, when Republicans talk about state and local control, they don't sincerely mean it, at least not as a group. (The libertarian-minded Ron Paul initially supported the ban, but changed his view and helped repeal it years later.)

Not that the ban's reinstatement can be blamed solely on Republicans, certainly not in the Democratically-controlled Senate. It happened in part because Democrats did not make it a priority to keep it from happening.

Congress's action this week means misery and death for large numbers of people. As the eight federal reviews of the research on this issue demonstrate, needle exchange programs reduce the spread of HIV without increasing the use of drugs. According to the Harm Reduction Coalition, needle sharing by injection drug users accounts for 8,000 new cases of HIV and 15,000 new cases of Hepatitis C each year. Of course the diseases spread from them to other people on occasion, including people who have no involvement in illegal drug use. As HRC points out, New York City has seen a 75% reduction in new HIV cases as a result of instituting such programs, according to a 2005 study.

So let's be clear; the evidence is overwhelming. In fact, even the studies cited by opponents of needle exchange actually support needle exchange, if you take the time to read them. Reinstituting the federal ban will have the effect of defunding many programs, and the science is clear that this means more infections and more needless of life. It won't save the federal government any money, because it doesn't affect the total amount of funding in the Ryan White program. All it does is make the program less effective at accomplishing its goals. And of course, health care costs will only grow because expensive AIDS and Hepatitis treatments will be needed for more people. Sadly, expressing the drug war ideology through deadly legislating seems to be more important for certain members of Congress than any of that. On the bright side, at least they didn't reinstate the old ban on the District of Columbia spending its own funds on needle exchange programs.

Don't give up and don't think that it's over. The ban got repealed once, and it will get repealed again. In the meanwhile, here are a few of the statements about the event that have come to my attention since yesterday. (Feel free to link more in the comments section.)

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Big Surprise

Shitlandia murders its own again.  Water still wet.

clean needles

Clean syringes should not be a Federal concern . Pharmacies in their communities , should contribute a set amount to a local Charity or what-have-you that would provide them to those in need for free. You can buy `em online for next to nothing . Those down on their luck may not be able to make the online purchase.  Overnight delivery eats into product costs as well as other issues .  The Federal Government has no business being involved in personal drug use . Therefore , it should not provide any funding to support it , or oppose it . You know someone in the community with a needle issue ? Go online and buy `em a 100 stickers for $10 and help `em out . Maybe donate `em to the Charity . Legal Cannabis will chill most of the hard drug use . The DEA is Horrified . 2012 .

they feed off of creating crime and violence

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why America has the highest addiction rate in the world, any one of these should make a strong case to protect our freedom   yet their blatant denial of the facts only proves that the corruption isSystemic; maybe if we can expose the tortures studies they did with their LSD, Kentucky Drug Farm and Edgewood it would show that the 1% has been taken over by the tailibomb

 

Political- Racial:  Michelle Alexander book- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Financial:NPR frontline PBS war on drugs

Science: No magician will expose the David Copperfield and Chris Angel magic tricks they use against the smoker although Time magazine points out the true science of weed is being subverted, No amount of science or $ can make a building safe for a smoker and non smoker to peacefully coexist (even though man has had smoke in his lungs since the beginning of time)and any highly questionable study can win FDA approval- they make the test they make the machines that make the test and if you don’t worship Apollo and swear to Hippocrates ( make the hypocritical oath) your just out of luck

Technology:       www.Infowars.com   www.smokingspirit123.com

Religion:        www.Smokingspirit123.com

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