Police need to be sensitized

An out reach worker carrying syringe and needles was arrested in north chennai for carrying needles and syringes. Although the outreach staff pleaded to the police personnel that he is just doing his job as an out reach worker. The police did not understand what he was doing and was surprised that the government was allowing the NON PROFITS to distribute Needles and Syringes. It took 5 hours to get the outreach worker from the police station. What is surprising is although its been a long time after finding that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is spreading through Infected needles in india. How did the police did not know that there are services going on for the drug users. One drug user confessed that he was just using drugs. However the local Drug enforcement agency accused him of selling drugs and convicted him for years. Will this change just by doing advocacy. I think instead of reforming people who are using drugs , they can reform the drug laws. which can in turn reform him.  >

VOICE OF DRUG USER,

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Bummer

It really is unfortunate that the cops decided to pretend they did not know what was going on. There is nothing worse, than someone getting busted and sentenced to do time, while doing their job. The fact that he was an out reach worker, who thought he was legal, and should have been, is even worse. The drug war is a world war !

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