Of course there is this: Syringe Exchange & Harm ReductionIndiana law normally forbids needle-exchange programs, which allow people to turn in used hypodermic needles and get clean ones in an effort to keep diseases such as HIV and hepatitis from spreading. Pence says he opposes them as part of anti-drug policy.
But the governor said he agreed to a limited exchange in Scott County because of the emergency nature of the infections. He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommended a needle-exchange program because all of the HIV cases have now been linked to IV drug use.
It's as if being a republican requires one to ignore evidence. Can't believe any state has a BAN on needle exchange programs, and I'm sure glad we stopped funding them on the Federal level - not like any of these drug addicts will have to get public assistance (Medicaid, etc.) to treat their HIV.Abundant research, endorsed by the findings of eight federally commissioned reviews, has demonstrated that syringe exchange is effective in reducing the transmission of HIV without increasing drug use. Studies have also found that providing sterile equipment to injection drug users increases the probability that they will initiate drug treatment, and does not increase drug use.
In 2009, Congress lifted a 21-year ban on Federal funding for needle-exchange programs. The ban was originally instated in the 1980s due to public controversy surrounding the program.
Congress reinstated the federal funding ban as part of a spending bill it passed in 2011 funding the federal government through fiscal year 2012.