On September 18, Dr. David Beilenson, Health Commissioner for the city of Baltimore, testified in front of the congressional subcommittee on National Security, Internal Affairs and Criminal Justice. The testimony outlined the progress of Baltimore's 3 year-old needle exchange program.

Beilenson prefaced his remarks by voicing opposition to the "martial terms used to define our national approach to drugs today. This is not a War of Battle -- it should be about people, and caring for people who are suffering. AIDS is the number one killer of young adults, male and female, black and white, in Baltimore and many other cities in the U.S."

Dr. Beilenson then went on to document the continued success and effectiveness of needle exchange in Baltimore. Drawing liberally from the most comprehensive studies to date, he vehemently defended the programs as fitting squarely within the mandate of the oath he took to "do no harm" when he became an M.D. Dr. Beilenson went on to cite a 39.7% decrease in seroconversion rates among participants and the exchange's important role as a link to a difficult to reach community and as a springboard into drug treatment programs.

On September 18, Dr. David Beilenson, Health Commissioner for the city of Baltimore, testified in front of the congressional subcommittee on National Security, Internal Affairs and Criminal Justice. The testimony outlined the progress of Baltimore's 3 year-old needle exchange program.

Beilenson prefaced his remarks by voicing opposition to the "martial terms used to define our national approach to drugs today. This is not a War of Battle -- it should be about people, and caring for people who are suffering. AIDS is the number one killer of young adults, male and female, black and white, in Baltimore and many other cities in the U.S."

Dr. Beilenson then went on to document the continued success and effectiveness of needle exchange in Baltimore. Drawing liberally from the most comprehensive studies to date, he vehemently defended the programs as fitting squarely within the mandate of the oath he took to "do no harm" when he became an M.D. Dr. Beilenson went on to cite a 39.7% decrease in seroconversion rates among participants and the exchange's important role as a link to a difficult to reach community and as a springboard into drug treatment programs.

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