Clean needles hard to get for some

By manda · Aug 3, 2004 · ·
  1. manda
    <H5>What's Wrong With the Drug War?</H5>
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    Everyone has a stake in ending the war on drugs. Whether you’re a parent concerned about protecting children from drug-related harm, a social justice advocate worried about racially disproportionate incarceration rates, an environmentalist seeking to protect the Amazon rainforest or a fiscally conservative taxpayer you have a stake in ending the drug war. U.S. federal, state and local governments have spent hundreds of billions of dollars trying to make America “drug-free.” Yet heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other illicit drugs are cheaper, purer and easier to get than ever before. Nearly half a million people are behind bars on drug charges - more than all of western Europe (with a bigger population) incarcerates for all offenses. The war on drugs has become a war on families, a war on public health and a war on our constitutional rights.


    Many of the problems the drug war purports to resolve are in fact caused by the drug war itself. So-called “drug-related” crime is a direct result of drug prohibition's distortion of immutable laws of supply and demand. Public health problems like HIV and Hepatitis C are all exacerbated by zero tolerance laws that restrict access to clean needles. The drug war is not the promoter of family values that some would have us believe. Children of inmates are at risk of educational failure, joblessness, addiction and delinquency. Drug abuse is bad, but the drug war is worse.
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  1. manda
    It sickens me they will hand out condoms and not clean needles- both can save a life and it is really sad how these do-gooders have almost bannedsomething that can stop the spread of Aids and Hep... Some states are worse than others...
  2. HardCash21
    Sometimes people just don't make any sense...
  3. Insane Asian
    hmm never thought of it that way maybe the government hasnt either. i mean im sure they have thought of it but its a possibility that since they are caught up in the fight against drugs that they cant see that simply giving out clean needles like condoms would help prevent aids.
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