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Needle Exchange

view of the Acropolis at sunset (wikimedia.org)
view of the Acropolis at sunset (wikimedia.org)

Greece to Hand out Needles, Condoms in AIDS Fight

With the Greek health system shaken by the economic crisis, new HIV cases are spiking, and the government is preparing harm reduction measures, including handing out needles and condoms, to halt the rise.
Needle exchange advocates arrested on Capitol Hill Wednesday (Stephanie Simpson, Housing Works)
Needle exchange advocates arrested on Capitol Hill Wednesday (Stephanie Simpson, Housing Works)

Battle for Restored Needle Exchange Funding Heats Up [FEATURE]

The fight-back to restore federal needle exchange funding stripped out of last year's budget has begun in earnest, with a congressional call-in, actions in a dozen cities, and civil disobedience and dozens of arrests on Capitol Hill.
heroin injection, using tourniquet (wikipedia.org)
heroin injection, using tourniquet (wikipedia.org)

New Mexico Legislature to Study Supervised Injection Sites [FEATURE]

The New Mexico legislature has commissioned a study of emerging and evidence-based harm reduction practices, including supervised injection sites. That could lead the way to a pilot program there. There is also agitation for SIJs in San Francisco and New York City.
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800px-United_States_Capitol_-_west_front_0.jpg

Congress Votes to Restore Needle Exchange Funding Ban

Ignoring strong evidence that needle exchange programs prevent the spread of AIDS and other blood-borne diseases, the US Congress has decided to ban the use of federal funds for them.
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uscapitol_6.jpg

ALERT: Don't Let Congress Backslide on Needle Exchange

Republicans in Congress are pushing to reinstate a ban on use of federal AIDS funds for needle exchange programs. If they succeed, if won't reduce federal spending, but it will kill people. Please call today to tell Congress and the President to say no.