Hillary Clinton Pledges Support for Needle Exchange

After hilariously claiming that she needed to see more evidence of its effectiveness, democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton seems to have found the answers she was looking for.* Her campaign has announced support for harm reduction, including needle exchange:
She also supports using U.S. funding to support proven harm reduction efforts - including needle exchange - to help hard-to-reach populations, and will continue to support new evidence-based prevention methods as additional scientific research helps us understand how to best address this epidemic. [HillaryClinton.com]

We've heard similar pledges from Obama and Edwards, and it's likely safe to assume other democratic candidates will toe the line on this one (possibly excluding drug war hall-of-famer Joe Biden).

It's nice to see Washington politicians getting it right on needle exchange. Of course, this is really about whether or not we want huge numbers of people to die from AIDS in the name of drug war politics. We needn't fall to our knees in gratitude when someone understands such an obvious humanitarian concern. Rather, we should be demanding answers from any candidate who hasn’t yet spoken out against the federal government's catastrophic ban on life-saving intervention programs.

*By "hilarious," I meant that the mountain of evidence showing that needle exchange saves lives is so huge that I couldn't imagine Hillary Clinton actually had time to read it.

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It took nine years

of needling to get Hillary to accept exchange.

Your right

"We needn't fall to our knees in gratitude when someone understands such an obvious humanitarian concern."

Especially since, looking at her new health program related to AIDs, Hillary does NOT understand anything about the effect that the war on drugs has on disease transmission. Her long over-due and tepid adoption of needle exchange is one component of a policy that, on the whole, is no better than escalating the status quo.

Hillary is still a drug warrior and that will cause the spread of more addiction and more disease than it will cure.

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